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Live Aid – giving the crowd more feedback

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… criticism, from both aid organizations and prominent thinkers such as Jeffrey Sachs and Paul Collier. For armchair observers of this debate, deciding who makes the better case is an interesting challenge, but in my opinion virtually impossible. Each argument rests on analysis of information so detailed that even drawn out, intense debate does not resolve them.

The invisible hand-outs

In this enormously complex debate, one argument that is difficult to refute is that the …

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My advice to Newt: use the crowd

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… for Newt, a plan has been developed by a couple of scientists over at Arizona State University. Paul Davies and Robert Wagner put forward a paper last year suggesting the Search for Extra Terrestrial Life (SETI) program should be supplemented by scanning the surface of the moon for signs of visitors from another planet. The idea is that any traces left by aliens making a pit stop on the lunar surface would be preserved by the moon’s minimal atmosphere.

The pair proposed that images …

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Hey! You! Get off my crowd: is crowdsourcing becoming a meaningless buzzword?

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Over the last few months, I have been spending more and more time in the US, doing my best to soak up the famous American culture (while rushing between meetings).

Of course, regardless of what country you live in, one event which you cannot escape is the Super Bowl: that special time of year, when the world comes together to ignore America’s favorite sport. This year we …

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Space Peas and Holy Toast: Why Pattern Recognition is Humanity’s Killer App

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People are strange. We look for faces and animals in clouds, we spot Michael Jackson in a greasy roasting dish, and we pay tens of thousands of dollars for pieces of toast that resemble the Virgin Mary (personally, I think it looks more like Michael Jackson, but I admit that I am not a qualified toast inspector).

This compulsion to find meaningful images in random …

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Testing Times

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… cheap, crowd-based testing services.

One is the Canadian startup Mob4Hire. Otto and I met Paul Poutanen, the founder of Mob4Hire, last year at CrowdConf. Poutanen, who has Finnish roots (the “-nen” ending in his name is a dead giveaway), presides over a community of 50,000 testers and 1400 developers. Mob4Hire offers a range of testing services, from usability to localization, via a paid, mobile crowd. Testers run apps using their own phones, meaning the company can claim access …

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