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VizWiz: what the crowd sees is what you get

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… offer cheap solutions to specific visual problems. Plus VizWiz is still very much an academic research project. Will fresh-faced Team Bigham be able to compete in the big bad commercial world?

Reading about VizWiz I was struck by how much users liked the concept of working with a human crowd. Several participants even thought the system should allow greater interaction between users and workers. The “humanity” of VizWiz might be its greatest asset. Unlike AI, human crowds can …

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Will 3D printing and crowdsourcing bring the industrial revolution home?

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In Europe and the US right now, almost no issue commands more air time than persistently high unemployment rates (other than what Kate Middleton is wearing, of course). But beyond the depressing jobless figures, new trends may be changing labor markets, and the economy as a whole.

Crowdsourcing was one of 2011’s buzzwords, but its potential is still largely unrealized. 3D …

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Designed intelligence: how experts can help the crowd

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What is wisdom? It seems like a simple question, but as any Dungeons and Dragons player knows, there is a difference between wisdom and intelligence. Legendary D&D creator (and awesomely named dude) Gary Gygax explained the distinction: Intelligence is noticing that it’s raining. Wisdom is putting up an umbrella.

The wisdom of crowds effect has been on a turbulent …

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Crowdfunding the future: Mad science, bad science, and the Tesla Museum

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… abandoned ever since.

This sad tale raises an interesting question: if Tesla had crowdfunded his research instead of relying on impatient big wigs, would we now be free from the tyranny of endless power cables (and have an unlimited supply of hats )? Is crowdfunding the key to unlocking the potential of the misunderstood geniuses of the world?

Igor! Check the KickStarter page!

One of the best things about crowdfunding is it gives inventors and innovators access to millions of new …

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See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

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… on expensive professional transcribers, who are only available at certain times. The Rochester research team, led by Walter Lasecki, instead rely on Mechanical Turk users to provide live translation for a fraction of the cost, day or night.

As well as helping deaf people navigate the noisy world, this crowdsourced transcription system is perfect for travelers who don’t speak the local language. The researchers plan to launch a smartphone app called Legion:Scribe this October, which …

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