Tag Archives: Luis von Ahn


Duolingo Beta put to the test: can you learn a language while translating the web?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… A while ago, while trying to avoid some work, I watched this TED presentation by Luis von Ahn.

While his name might not ring a bell for everyone, his legacy definitely will: he is the guy behind reCAPTCHA, the bot-blocking service that uses all of us to help digitize the archives of The New York Times and Google Books. (Just think: every time you have to squint your eyes and turn your head sideways to decipher those annoyingly blurry squiggly words, you’re making the …

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2011: a crowded year

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Primarily a research conference, organizers include crowdsourcing pioneer (and certified genius) Luis von Ahn and (in)famous Mechanical Turk blogger Panagiotis Ipeirotis. HCOMP 2011 (which is part of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence Conference) is a unique chance to debate the fascinating and potentially revolutionary area of A.I. and human computation in crowdsourcing (plus, there will be REAL robots). Microtask’s CTO Otto Chrons will be our man on the ground, and …

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