Tag Archives: O’Reilly Radar

Crowdsourcing global development: working theories

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

What do Madonna, the Chinese Government and crowdsourcing all have in common? Answer: a complex and sometimes controversial relationship with the developing world.

Take the much quoted statistic that 33% of workers on Mechanical Turk are located in India. It sounds impressive, right? Thousands of people in a developing country using Mechanical Turk to earn some much needed …

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SpeakerText: serious about subtitles

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… era. The only way to search inside an online video is to sit down and watch it through.

Off the radar

The internet was originally designed for text documents (that’s what happens when you put academics in charge of technology). Search engines still only recognize text: video content is invisible.

Most providers solve this problem by SEO-ing the web pages that contain videos (“Search engine optimization” is internet-jargon for sucking up to Google). A more sophisticated solution is …

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E-petitions: a vote for the future?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… net geek). But when it comes to government crowdsourcing initiatives, I gotta admit, my cynicism radar starts to twitch. Like an out of control chemistry class, state funded crowdsourcing projects tend to start with a bang and end with a whimper.

Take the UK elections last year. Back in May we covered the embarrassing crush politicians had with online social media. As well as constantly tweeting and setting up Facebook groups, the UK Conservative Party began a scheme to get crowd input …

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Crowds against the Machine: will digital workers soon be digitized?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… All seeing eyes

The Google cars “see” using a combination of swivel camera, laser and radar sensors (which makes the human eye seem even more impressive). The vast amount of visual data is processed, along with detailed maps, by the car’s Artificial Intelligence system which uses it to navigate the road.

There’s been a lot of fanfare from Google about improved road safety and impact on climate change, but no one’s really sure what they plan to do next with the cars. The …

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