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My advice to Newt: use the crowd

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Ever since he exploded onto our screens as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters, it was clear (at least to 8 year olds like me) that Newt Gingrich would one day go places.

True to my (utterly fictitious) predictions, if you read the news at the moment there is no escaping him and his good friend Mitt Romney. This is important for us, because if Newt is successful, crowdsourcing may soon be a matter of National Security: the new …

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Hey! You! Get off my crowd: is crowdsourcing becoming a meaningless buzzword?

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… each company picked one lucky winner to receive prizes of up to $30,000. Doritos featured a man being bribed with tortilla chips to keep quiet about the activities of his murderous dog, Chevrolet fared less well with a predictable graduation day mix-up, while yoghurt maker Dannon’s choice faced multiple accusations of plagiarism with its suspiciously familiar tale of greed triumphing over romance set to a suspiciously familiar musical accompaniment.

The crowd goes wild? …

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

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People are strange. We look for faces and animals in clouds, we spot Michael Jackson in a greasy roasting dish, and we pay tens of thousands of dollars for pieces of toast that resemble the Virgin Mary (personally, I think it looks more like Michael Jackson, but I admit that I am not a qualified toast inspector).

This compulsion to find meaningful images in random …

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Will 3D printing and crowdsourcing bring the industrial revolution home?

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In Europe and the US right now, almost no issue commands more air time than persistently high unemployment rates (other than what Kate Middleton is wearing, of course). But beyond the depressing jobless figures, new trends may be changing labor markets, and the economy as a whole.

Crowdsourcing was one of 2011’s buzzwords, but its potential is still largely unrealized. 3D …

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MOG: the day the music gamified

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Nowadays, the music business is like a country and western album – there are no happy endings. Today’s young people have grown up listening (legally and illegally) to free music. Most 16-year-olds seem to think unlimited downloads are a basic human right. Sometimes it seems like Apple shareholders are the only ones who make a decent living from the industry anymore.

The …

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