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Cracking the code: The crowd vs the virus

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… information when needed. This kind of feedback is crucial to getting the most out of a crowd. At Microtask we use some pretty incredible (if I do say so myself) code of our own to verify the accuracy of our Microtaskers and let them know how well they’re doing. By being given feedback, a task-oriented crowd can learn and improve. This kind of clear direction is vital to a crowd’s success.

The Duqu affair shows how powerful collective reasoning really is. Soumenkov’s crowd of …

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When stupid beats smart: the power of collective ignorance

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of amateurs can make better predictions than experts is highly significant for companies like Microtask, as it demonstrates the importance of organization. For example, the DigiTalkoot project only requires volunteers to be able to read. The more specialized work of compiling the work of crowd members is left to software designed by experts, just as Herzog and Hertwig’s ignorant crowd were able to make accurate predictions thanks to the expert organizational and analytic skills of the …

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Microtask Backstage: our CEO Ville Miettinen featured on FounderLY

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… potentially disruptive tech companies.

In these two videos, Ville gives in insight into how Microtask got to where it is today: the idea inception, its evolution, the early days, funding, the background of the Management Team, the learning process, mistakes and successes. If you want to know what happened behind the scenes, check them out!

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Happily ever after: how bored workers and their bosses can benefit from crowdsourcing

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… labor (I can handle losing a little mystique, but nobody better go anywhere near my special Microtask wizard’s hat). Some of the results do not make pleasant reading for traditional employers.

The research found that nearly 75% of those surveyed have a job outside of their Turk work and 21% perform tasks while at another job. Although this is a great way for workers to boost their pay packets while passing a boring afternoon, it is unlikely to be viewed enthusiastically by their …

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Banking on one another: Can the crowd save itself from the banks?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… on a system of barter. Which will be good for plumbers and carpenters, but not so good for us at Microtask (you try bartering microtasks in exchange for a cheeseburger at 1am).

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