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Short Stories About Tiny Tasks: the Microtask Book

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… 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 partnered …

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Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… More than a hundred people are murdered in the US capital every year. That’s a huge number of stories, requiring an awful lot of information.

This information is partly official reports and court documents, but much of it comes from the crowd. Using social media and the help of the friends, families and neighbors of victims (and suspects), Homicide Watch puts together a lucid portrait of every homicide.

A database for the dead

Homicide Watch isn’t organized like a typical …

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Their depressing conversations about local unemployment rates may soon become uplifting success stories.

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Of Maps and Men: is Apple relying on us to fix the iPhone 5?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of the most useful apps – Google Maps – with a half-baked Apple version. All over the world stories are emerging of problems with the service, including woefully incorrect directions to destinations, confusion over place names, plus the absence of public transport information. Not since Deep Impact have so many landmarks been found underwater. (Check the Amazing IOS6 Maps Tumblr for screenshots of some absurd results from here in Helsinki.)

That’s possibly where we, the …

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It’s finally here. But does it live up to expectations?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… 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 expected, …

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