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Duolingo Beta put to the test: can you learn a language while translating the web?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… 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 eyes and turn your head sideways to decipher those annoyingly blurry squiggly words, you’re making the world a better place. Still, feel free to swear while you do it.)

In this TED presentation, von Ahn introduces his new project, Duolingo. Duolingo’s goal, in short, is to crowdsource language teaching. …

Tags: Caribbean crowd crowdsourcing Duolingo Google Books Luis von Ahn microtask microwork new york times reCAPTCHA TED translation

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Food52: a recipe for crowdsourcing success?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of game mechanics.

Mix them all together and what do get? Answer: Food52. Founded in 2009 by New York Times journalists Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, the site is described as a “social hub for people who love to cook”. As well as debating burning culinary questions (just how do you make a vegan omelet?), Food52 runs regular crowdsourced recipe contests. Members of the community submit their finest gourmet creations, which are tested and voted for by the crowd. Winning recipes …

Tags: Amanda Hesser App Store Cook crowd crowdsourcing Food Food52 Merrill Stubbs microwork new york times

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Google Ngrams: in the beginning was the word search

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… So, how about a little help from the crowd? Google already use reCAPTCHA to help decipher old New York Times issues, why not go further? As we know from Digitalkoot, people are amazingly good at reading difficult text and love the chance to contribute to worthwhile projects – especially if they are presented in an entertaining form.

The crowd might even be able to tackle handwritten documents, and correct OCR errors (just try charting use vs ufe to see the problems OCR software …

Tags: Android crowd crowdsourcing google Google Labs Harvard University Mark Zuckerberg microwork Million Book Project new york times TED

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Journalist vs. microworker: a fair fight?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Here goes: astonishingly, it turns out that a professional journalist who has worked for the New York Times and charges hundreds of dollars per article, can write better than freelance microworkers who charge $0.1 to $14 per task.

The man behind this “newsflash” is distinguished reporter Adam Penenberg. Here’s the story. Last year, microwork startup Serv.io contacted Penenberg hoping for some free publicity (they got that all right). Instead of writing a regular piece, …

Tags: Adam Penenberg Alex Edelstein Arts crowd crowdsourcing Media microwork new york times Rupert Murdoch Writers Resources

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Heather Chaplin: gamification’s worst nightmare?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… author of popular gaming history book Smartbomb and has worked as a videogame journalist for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and GQ.

Chaplin is a fan of grown-up gaming (less “kill the zombies” more “design public healthcare for the zombies”). Back in 2009, she made big waves at GDC when she accused game-developers of being “a bunch of stunted adolescents” . Her views on gamification are equally controversial. In an article published in Slate earlier this year, …

Tags: crowd crowdsourcing game design game mechanics games Gamification jane mcgonigal microwork new york times Non-game Video game videogame

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