Tag Archives: MMO


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 …

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The Great War Archive: could crowd conscription help?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

At this time of year, it often seems like people in the media industry are still too full/hungover from Christmas and New Year’s over-indulgence to do any real work. Filling the newspapers are either stories remembering the year just ended, or nostalgic human-interest stories.

Seeing as we have already reflected on 2011 , we decided it was a good time to talk about …

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Death 2.0: Crowdsourcing the rest of your (after)life

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Years before Twitter and Farmville took over our lives, philosophers were worried that computers were changing the nature of human existence. (Yes, I watched The Matrix again on the weekend.) With the rise of social media, this idea has now gone a step further: can computers change what it means to be dead?

A few weeks ago, while watching TED videos to escape the scorching …

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Crimes against content: is crowdsourcing to hamsters a bridge too far?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In today’s world I’m not so sure.

My doubts began when I came across this article on a Chinese power-leveling site for popular MMOG RuneScape . The writer (or more likely the algorithm) has taken an original article about Microtask, sliced it up and loaded it with terms (“seers village”, “Port Khazard”, …

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Social networking and the English riots: don’t shoot the (Blackberry) messenger

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Looting, arson, armored police and outraged citizens: London is at boiling point, with other English cities feeling the heat too. Here in law-abiding Helsinki, the closest we get to this type of lawlessness is an unauthorized barbecue in the park. By comparison, the UK capital is descending into Arab-Spring-like chaos. Except, of course, that Londoners are not fighting an …

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