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Microtask Takes the (Red Herring) Cake

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

It’s official: Microtask won Red Herring’s Global 100 award for 2011. We now join the ranks of companies like Google, Skype, Baidu, Salesforce.com, YouTube, eBay and many others who won this award and went on to change the way we live and work. Good Karma.

Here’s the proof:

Tags: 2011 crowd crowdsourcing microwork red herring winners

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… machines

The current boom in human computing, signaled by Microtask’s recent success at the Red Herring awards, puts pattern recognition at the frontier of the tech industry. I’ve written in the past about the limits of artificial intelligence and the ongoing war between human and machine translators (spoiler alert: humans are still winning, but only just). This, along with the success of Digitalkoot in correcting machine recognition errors, shows just how far computerized …

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2011: the year the future became history?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… brightest talent the US has to offer (see our newsletter for more info on this).

A DISH of Red Herring and a Grammy?

Just as exciting, in just the last few days Red Herring announced that Microtask has won its Global Top 100 award. We have big shoes to fill: other winners include Google, Skype, Baidu, Salesforce, YouTube and eBay.

We are equally proud of the success of Digitalkoot, our joint project with the National Library of Finland. To date almost 100,000 volunteers have …

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Microtask Selected to Rule the Globe

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Well, almost… Red Herring picked Microtask as a finalist in their 2011 Top 100 Global award. I got the call from Alex Vieux himself a couple of days ago. We edged out close to 1000 companies from 40 different countries who submitted nominations, and we were invited to present our winning crowdsourcing strategy at the Red Herring Global forum in Los Angeles next month.

The official word from Red Herring is …


From January to June: six months of micro (and macro) work

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… into the sunshine and enjoy the highlights of the Microtask year so far:

Two launches and a herring

It has been a fantastic six months. The success of Digitalkoot (our newly launched library archive digitization project) has surprised even us: so far, over 60,000 people have completed 4,661,832 microtasks of mole-based fun. In May, we announced Microtask Forms – a crowdsourced service to “digitize and destroy” unwieldy paper forms (check out the free trial ). To top it …

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