Tag Archives: Speech recognition


VizWiz: what the crowd sees is what you get

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the phrase “I just couldn’t live without my iPhone/ Android/ Blackberry” is just a figure of speech. We might love (or in the case of Apple fanboys, worship) our gadgets but the majority of us would probably still function without 24-hour access to touch-screens, wifi, and Plants vs. Zombies. For many disabled people however, access to technology can be literally life-changing.

Over the past couple of decades there’s been a quiet revolution in “disabled access technology”: …

Tags: Android apple crowd crowdsourcing Disability distributed work iPhone microtask microwork research Speech recognition United States

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Space Peas and Holy Toast: Why Pattern Recognition is Humanity’s Killer App

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… thinking, in fact Pareidolia is a key part of one of humanity’s most useful abilities: pattern recognition.

Pattern recognition is the key to some of our greatest achievements as a species, from language and music to Where’s Wally. Now it’s becoming even more important, as it becomes clear just how advanced our ability is, and how difficult it is to create software that can emulate it. This, of course, is where human computing and Microtask enters the picture.

Rise of the human …

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HS Talkoot: Microtask to the rescue of Finnish media history

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… (December 1889 – January 1890). All pages have been digitized in advance through automatic text recognition. Unfortunately, OCR software makes lots of mistakes when reading text that has deteriorated or is typed in old fonts. This is where human intelligence (especially our innate ability to understand signs) is needed to set the record straight.

Gamifying media

If this sounds noble but boring, don’t panic. That’s not how we run things. HS Talkoot is structured as an online game. …

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Crowdsourcing: an ancient Finnish tradition?

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

Crowdsourcing is generally considered to be a modern invention. Like many people, I first came across the term in Jeff Howe’s 2006 article The Rise of Crowdsourcing . I was impressed by Jeff’s ideas, but reading the article I began to think: “somehow this concept sounds very familiar”.

Then I realized why. Crowdsourcing is really just a new name for a very old …

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Lost in the Virtual Economy? Here’s a map

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Digitalkoot, the first Microtask-powered service, combines advanced OCR techniques, human recognition skills and game mechanics to seamlessly distribute work to end users. What we are really proud of is that the crowd does the work by playing games. (Let’s call it “gamesourcing”, just to confuse everyone even more.)

Thankfully, the report also considers what some of these new terms actually mean. Usually the word “crowdsourcing” is used interchangeably with …

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