Tag Archives: Richard Feynman


My Wife, the Computer

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… as to render their human forebears obsolete.

The tipping point came during WWII when a young Richard Feynman created a competition of sorts while working on the Manhattan Project. Human computers would square off against a machine named the Punched-Card Tabulator to do calculations required for the plutonium bomb. Bravely, the humans held out for two days, maintaining an equal pace to their mechanical counterpart. But on the third day the machine rose to take the lead; the humans had …

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Some work is born digital: from gold farmers to game masters

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… making one’s own character act as a sort of bodyguard to another player’s character. Professor Richard Heeks estimates that at one point these tasks provided employment to as many as 400,000 individuals around the world. Every aspect of this work is born digital: it is conducted entirely through digital channels, its fruits are digital, and the demand for it arises from people’s fascination with digital environments and the goals and objectives they provide. In sci-fi author Cory …

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Crowdfunding donations: Is giving me your money a good idea?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… me sound like a dreamer or full of myself. Which I am (not).

But the truth is I am a lot like Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher and James Cameron. OK, I’m not famous or rich or mega-successful, but if I was, instead of visiting the Bahamas or Thailand I’d be travelling to the bottom of the ocean or space. Now that’s a holiday.

Unfortunately, unlike Richard and his pals, I don’t quite have the money to build a spaceship or even rent one (yet). Or so I thought, until I came …

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Down on MyFarm: gamification goes rural

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… geek ? Or how about a middle-aged English farmer ? Okay, the clue is in the title. Farmer Richard Morris is the proud manager of 1200 acres of prime agricultural land, and the unlikely overseer of real-life gaming venture: MyFarm.

Back to the land

In the US, FarmVille players now apparently outnumber real famers 60:1 (that’s one of those statistics that goes round the blogosphere so fast it must be true). Encouraged by the sudden popularity of virtual agriculture, the …

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2011: a crowded year

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… served up with some decent beer). The packed schedule includes crowdsourcing A-listers such as Richard Lewis from Clickworker, Lukas Biewald from CrowdFlower, Pia Erkinheimo from Nokia, Jeff Howe from Wired, Carl Esposti from crowdsourcing.org and last but not least, Microtask’s own Dear Leader (“just call me CEO”) Ville Miettinen. Check out Crowdconvention.com for more details.

HCOMP 2011

The Human Computation Workshop is this year’s third go-to industry event. …

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