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Can we crowdsource the planet better?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… such as global warming (or, for those who live in recently freezing Helsinki, the challenge to speed global warming up). So why does it sometimes feel – when it comes to distributed work in particular – like the green machine is still a bit of a wallflower?

Over the past year or so, we’ve all been dazzled by the spectacular partnerships between distributed work platforms and the developing world. But, while organizations such as Samasource and Txteagle have been busy making …

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Too fast, too furious? The app that’ll slow you down

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… likely to be unpopular) move, the Finnish Government started road testing a new breed of hi-tech speed cameras. Mounted on trailers, these cameras not only detect your speed but can also spot tailgating, undone seat belts and even overdue taxes. Basically, if you see one coming down the road, it’s time to belt up and ease off the gas.

While we might not like the idea of merciless robots clocking our every minor traffic infraction, dangerous drivers are a serious, well, danger, to us …

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See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… I discussed back in May, the Legion:Scribe app has gone from idea to reality at an astonishing speed. The fact it already generates reasonably accurate results demonstrates how far our understanding of distributed labor has developed in the last few years. Let’s just hope that it won’t prevent entertaining disasters like Backstroke of the West popping up every now and then!

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Confidence tricks: can crowdsourcing keep our feet on the ground?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… becoming victims of our own accidental arrogance? The Dunning-Kruger Effect has one important limit: it only applies to individuals (except me, of course). This is where the crowd may offer a way to keep our feet on the ground.

Here at Microtask we’ve seen that by having multiple members of the crowd complete the same task we can achieve far better accuracy than by relying on individual judgment. But the potential of the crowd may take us much further.

Research into collective …

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From fiction to fact: interview with Esa Nikkilä

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… author” Mikko Karppi has way more responsibility. This time, we’ve abolished the 140 character limit and instead started setting writers specific tasks to guide the plot in the “right” direction. We’ve also included game and rating elements to motivate people. From Reality to Another proved you can crowdsource a novel. Pirunmeri is about showing how good a crowdsourced novel can be.

Are there any other creative crowdsourcing projects you really admire (especially Finnish …

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