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Microtask: we love the forms you hate

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Paper forms are the bane of the modern workplace. They clutter-up our wireless, iPad-glass-and-steel offices like ghosts of the pre-digital past. As well as ruining the décor, forms are a terrible way to store data (just try “quick sorting” a full filing cabinet). Humankind has sent robots to Mars, mapped the human genome and even (in just 11 years) tracked down Osama Bin Laden. So why is the …

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Summer Blockbuster, in cinemas now: The Document Processing Knight Rises

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… to talk about something much closer to our home and hearts: ourselves.

For the last few years Microtask has focused its efforts on solving the traditional problems associated with document processing. Basically we have been trying to magically transfer those nearly illegible, dusty piles of paper forms that fill the dark comers of your office into digital format on your computer.

This summer…(pretend I am saying this really slowly in that movie preview voice ), Mike Rotask rises …

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Short Stories About Tiny Tasks: the Microtask Book

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… you’re more of a pipe-smoking lover of the good old dead-tree format, send us an email at info@microtask.com. We are happy to post you a free paper copy.

Whatever format you choose, we hope you enjoy it!

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Confidence tricks: can crowdsourcing keep our feet on the ground?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… me, of course). This is where the crowd may offer a way to keep our feet on the ground.

Here at Microtask we’ve seen that by having multiple members of the crowd complete the same task we can achieve far better accuracy than by relying on individual judgment. But the potential of the crowd may take us much further.

Research into collective reasoning focuses on the concept of the wise crowd, a group which mixes experts and amateurs. In a wise crowd, laypeople are free to ask difficult …

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Science and the “Nobel” art of gaming

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

As regular readers will know, here at Microtask we love a bit of science fun. Back in November we blogged about Foldit, a freely-available online protein-folding game. Foldit players contribute directly to scientific discovery: the more proteins they fold, the closer scientists get to curing diseases like Alzheimer’s and AIDS.

Refusing to be out-innovated by mere protein professors, geneticists at Carnegie Mellon and Stanford …

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