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Michael S Hart: a man of many words

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… by buying yet another iPhone ), spare a thought for another recently departed tech visionary: Michael S Hart.

Like Jobs, Hart was a pioneer amongst geeks. Way back in 1971 (when “the Internet” had a grand total of 100 users) Hart founded Project Gutenberg, a non-profit enterprise to “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks”. As a commenter on our recent Google Ngrams blog pointed out, not only was Project Gutenberg the first large-scale project to digitize …

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Space Peas and Holy Toast: Why Pattern Recognition is Humanity’s Killer App

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

People are strange. We look for faces and animals in clouds, we spot Michael Jackson in a greasy roasting dish, and we pay tens of thousands of dollars for pieces of toast that resemble the Virgin Mary (personally, I think it looks more like Michael Jackson, but I admit that I am not a qualified toast inspector).

This compulsion to find meaningful images in random information is known as Pareidolia. Though it may seem like a useless and potentially dangerous …

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Crowdsourcing democracy: was the Arab Spring over-hyped?

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… of the American University in Cairo – had to be completely re-written by local project assistant Michael Ayoub. “The programmers from Stanford wanted to use a new programming language for writing the site. They wanted to learn this programming language, but it wasn’t very useful over here” says Ayoub. He tried to communicate this with the Stanford developers, but felt that his needs were ignored. We think of social media as universal, but perhaps sometimes, even in crowdsourcing, you …

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