Tag Archives: Searching


Searching Questions: how good is Google?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Do you remember the first time you used Google? The white screen, the goofy logo, the incomprehensible “I’m feeling lucky” button.

What did you search for? (if you were a teenage boy, don’t answer that). In the bad old days of dial-up, Google was a (relatively) fast, flashing and seemingly benevolent oasis of free information.

These days Google is big. Really big. …

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Crimes against content: is crowdsourcing to hamsters a bridge too far?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… allow me to eat it).

Like someone who can’t resist staring at a car crash, I found myself searching for more examples. I soon discovered other cases where original articles (like this piece of finely-honed prose ) had been mutilated into pseudo-English effluent with all the hyperlinks replaced with links that benefit the mutilators.

Other mind-jarring examples contained content from multiple genuine articles. Disturbingly, these articles suggest a real (if unfortunate and/or …

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the industrial revolution, the concept of a job hasn’t changed too much. Most people spend weeks searching job ads for a new boss, then the next forty years trying to avoid him (usually he’s still a him). The assembly line was born and then left home to see the world, taking manufacturing jobs with it. Technology has made workplaces more efficient (and made slacking off on company time more fun), but robots haven’t really taken over workplaces like we thought they would. Indeed, most of …

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Of Maps and Men: is Apple relying on us to fix the iPhone 5?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… But neither of these crowd-based solutions will address the problems with Apple Maps. My Google searching did not shed any light on this issue, although it did reveal that I’m not the only one scratching my head over it.

Right now l’m wondering if the only way we can help is to simply log errors, and wait for ex-Google Maps staff to fix them.

If this is Apple’s solution, then perhaps a more effective crowd-based solution would be to use the crowd-based app Waze. That or go …

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Picture this: introducing the Descriptive Camera

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… drives. By including the unique description in each photo file, the Descriptive Camera allows text-searching of photographs. Looking for a picture of a mountain? Just search for mountain. A sunset? Search for sunset. Sounds great so far, but there are limits: how about a picture of your parents? Anonymous Turkers are unlikely to be able to recognize your mother and father, or be familiar with your friends and pets (at least we hope they won’t). Despite this potential limitation, the …

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