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Search me: what Mad Men and brave moles can do for historical records

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Ever since we began helping the National Library of Finland correct mistakes in its old newspaper archive, I have noticed myself developing a slightly anti social interest in historical texts. I say ‘anti social’ because of its effect on conversation: what I have found is that while most people claim to be interested in history, the best way to get unwanted guests to leave …

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Rate me baby one more time: crowdsourcing the perfect song

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Music is a powerful thing. It can make you laugh or cry, and even tear down the Berlin Wall (according to David Hasselhoff , anyway). The same song can mean different things to different people, with infectious tracks like Britney Spears’ ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ managing to be both the all-time most requested song on US radio as well as an instrument of torture used …

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What Wizard Battles Can Teach Us About Crowdsourcing

Posted on by Seth W

I’d like to start with a confession: when I’m not thinking about crowdsourcing, I’m busy being a huge geek. Not trendy geek chic, unfortunately, but the old fashioned type (a trendsetter maybe?). Read on bearing this in mind.

My main vice is Magic: the Gathering , a role-play card game where players are magically-dueling wizards. The only game pieces are cards which …

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When stupid beats smart: the power of collective ignorance

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

The human brain is an amazing thing. A few pounds of gray matter has taken us from eating bananas in the trees to walking on the moon (it’s also brought us LOLcats, the Car Laptop Tray and Maailmanennätys muurahaispesässä, but still: the moon). With our heads filled with crackling synapses, it’s easy to feel smug about our computational prowess.

But if the history …

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Could crowd-driven think tanks be weapons of mass instruction?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase ‘think tank’? A passionately engaged team of experts, using their knowledge to shape the social discourse? A bunch of overeducated technocrats with no experience of the real world, dictating our futures? A telepathically-operated war machine?

Whatever your opinion, think tanks – or policy research units – are everywhere, …

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