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Short Stories About Tiny Tasks: the Microtask Book

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… That was our dream, at least.

Today, my friends, that day has finally come. The book is called Short Stories about Tiny Tasks . In it you will find tales of industrious moles, gamified worlds and the kind of feel-good co-operation not seen since the hippie revolution of the 1960s. Each story highlights a different, surprising aspect of crowdsourcing, and reveals the incredible range of applications for collective reasoning, gamification and human computing.

To start with, we have …

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It’s finally here. But does it live up to expectations?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… visually stunning and packing a real punch under the cover, the original hardcopy version of Short Stories About Tiny Tasks made a real splash when we released it last year (at least when it fell in the bath).

But on Wednesday, the future became reality. Now, thanks to Publification.com, Short Stories About Tiny Tasks, a collection of our favorite Microtask blogs, is also available as an ebook from the Amazon Kindle Store and iBooks (see sidebar for more links).

As …

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Play the game of life

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… says, society is considerably safer than ever before. And at least in rich countries, only a tiny fraction of the population is needed to toil in the fields to produce our food.

Soldiers of fortune

But this trend, it seems, only applies to the real world. In the virtual world – perhaps to satisfy our primordial urges – warfare and farming are booming. According to Geekologie, with 11m subscribers, there are more people playing the MMOG (massively multi-player online game) …

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Designed intelligence: how experts can help the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… voting in, the X Factor).

Experts witless?

But despite the growing pile of crowd-based success stories, some people contend that the crowd’s wisdom has been overstated. As the CIA turns to crowdsourcing to predict global events, some of its own experts are questioning whether this is a good idea. Mark Lowenthal, a former senior CIA and State Department analyst, provides a snappy argument to me and my fellow crowd-evangelists: “Crowds produce riots. Experts produce wisdom.”

The …

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Picture this: introducing the Descriptive Camera

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… camera and press the shutter button, but instead of a photograph, the built-in printer spits out a short text description of your image (it turns out a picture is in fact worth about 150 words).

So how does it work? Advanced pattern-recognition software? Quantum Entanglement? A tiny prehistoric bird? The answer, as regular readers of this blog will probably have guessed, is crowdsourcing. The Descriptive Camera uploads images to Mechanical Turk, where users are paid a small fee for …

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