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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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Designed intelligence: how experts can help the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the correct conclusion, then intelligence lies in realizing the true nature of the problem. In short, if we don’t know it’s raining, why would we put up an umbrella? Traditionally, the point of an expert is to provide the right answers. But, at least when it comes to the wisdom of crowds, what we may actually need from them is the right questions.

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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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When stupid beats smart: the power of collective ignorance

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… ability to process several factors, including media saturation and word-of-mouth reputation. In short, better football teams or tennis players generate more discussion. In statistics, this is known as the recognition heuristic. Unlike the standard sports-movie plot, where a plucky underdog takes down the arrogant champion, in real life it’s usually the richest, most famous names that win.

Ignorant and proud?

Herzog and Hertwig have named the effect ‘the ignorance of crowds,’ but …

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