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VizWiz: what the crowd sees is what you get

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

For most people 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 …

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For a fistful of dollars: the weird and wonderful world of Fiverr

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Living in Finland it’s easy to become anesthetized to the real value of money. After a few years, prices that used to seem unbelievable become perfectly normal (“€6 for a piece of carrot cake, sure that sounds reasonable”). So until very recently, I’d have said that $5 was a pretty small sum. Then I discovered the amazing power of Fiverr .

Fiverr is an online …

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War Games (or how the US military learned to love the crowd)

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Question: where do you work if you: a) are a genius, b) are too crazy for NASA and c) really like blowing stuff up? Answer: DARPA .

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has a $3 billion budget, a remit to “create lasting revolutionary change” and a project list that looks like it was written by Philip K Dick. Current schemes include shape-shifting matter, …

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After the quake: crowdsourcing Japan

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

A massive earthquake, a tsunami and a potential nuclear meltdown. The crisis in Japan is like a disaster movie. Only the “special effects” are real and Bruce Willis isn’t going to parachute in and save the day.

Scientists can now (more or less) accurately forecast volcanic eruptions, floods, droughts and hurricanes. But despite the best efforts of seismologists (who …

Tags: American Red Cross Bruce Willis crowd crowdfunding crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work earthquake Geiger counter iPhone Japan United States Ushahidi

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Crowdsource a country clean? Yes we can.

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Going on vacation to a beautiful beach can be depressing. No matter how secluded you are, littering the coastline will be the evidence that we are trashing our planet.

As global consumption spirals upwards, personal responsibility seems to be at an all time low. Everyday, millions of plastic bottles are thrown into our oceans, where they slowly drift into massive floating …

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