Tag Archives: Star Trek

See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… in the world of terrible, inaccurate subtitles, nothing comes close to the awful poetry that is Star War the Third Gathers: Backstroke of the West (better known as Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith ). The homemade subtitles that accompany this pirated version of George Lucas’ blockbuster are so wildly mangled that it has achieved cult status. (To give you a taste, in this version “Obi Wan Kenobi” is ingeniously translated to “Ratio the Tile”).

Thankfully, the …

Tags: Amazon Mechanical Turk George Lucas Mechanical Turk Scribe Star Trek subtitles Universal Translator University of Rochester

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The reluctant crowdsourcer: a decade of Wikipedia

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… is that Wikipedia is becoming a nerds-only encyclopedia: great if you need descriptions of every Star Trek episode, but not so great if you want to learn about Mozart sonatas. Recently, the site announced plans to combat this lack of diversity. Sue Gardener, head of the Wikimedia Foundation has set a target of 25% women contributors by 2015.

Working Women

It’s interesting to compare the gender of Wikipedia contributors with crowdsourced workers. A 2010 survey of Mechanical Turk …


When worlds collide

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… sophisticated and detailed sci-fi worlds (outside of those already established universes, such Star Wars or Star Trek, imported from galaxies far far away like Hollywood).

Although an incredible universe, its appeal was limited to all but the most enthusiastic science fiction fans due to its level of detail: EVE Online is also jokingly known as “Excel in Space” for the depth of its economic and political system. To overcome this, CCP has been secretly working on a spin off called …


SpeakerText: serious about subtitles

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… a cutting edge piece of technology called the rewind button, we could enjoy classic scenes from Star Wars, The Karate Kid and Crocodile Dundee again and again (although watching the Death Star explode too many times ruined the tape).

Fast-forward thirty years and video technology is a lot more sophisticated (as is my taste in movies, well most of the time). On the surface, the internet seems like the perfect video host: you can stream, download, enjoy live TV, and risk losing brain …

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Testing Times

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… right and you’ve got Angry Birds. Get it wrong and your app is left in the store with a two star rating, gathering virtual dust.

Back when Apple’s iPhone had an effective “app monopoly”, developers had it relatively easy. Okay, there was always the problem of getting stuff accepted into the app store, but apps only had to be designed for one interface, one handset, one puritanical CEO. iPhone apps still dominate world sales but now Android, Blackberry, Nokia and Microsoft are …

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