Tag Archives: Universal Translator


See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… possibilities are truly exciting. The app could transform your smartphone into a Star Trek-style Universal Translator, letting you talk to absolutely anyone. If the researchers manage to hit their goal of a near-instant transcription, you could even watch a play, lecture or movie, no matter where you are in the world.

But what prevents you from getting nonsense like Backstroke of the West ? The reason Star Wars Episode III came out so mangled in this translation (apart from the input of …

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

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Manufacturing success: how to use crowdsourcing to enhance innovation and product development

Posted on by Derek Singleton

… a way to share files, it’s pretty tough to change and adapt different designs. Creating a universal standard for CAD files could greatly enhance the potential for crowdsourcing and collaborative innovation.

A few years ago, crowdsourced product development was almost unheard of in the manufacturing industry. Although some early adopters are now effectively using crowdsourcing, whether or not it catches on across industry as a whole may depend on how well companies can navigate the …

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Crowdsourcing democracy: was the Arab Spring over-hyped?

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… with the Stanford developers, but felt that his needs were ignored. We think of social media as universal, but perhaps sometimes, even in crowdsourcing, you just gotta be there.

Another one from Tweet Nadwa. More on those meetings here.

To Cairo via the crowd

With this in mind, Hanna and Tanja decided it was time to head for Egypt, (crowd)funding the costs via Spot.us. After touching down in Cairo, the two intrepid reporters got to work recording videos and writing …

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Google Ngrams: in the beginning was the word search

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… sometimes seems more interested in irritating Mark Zuckerberg than promoting universal knowledge. But, just occasionally, Google gets back to basics.

In 2004 Google started digitizing books. Since then, 15 million volumes have been digitized by OCR software into Google’s virtual library. Recently, Harvard scholars Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel decided to try and turn this literary data-mountain into something “useful and accessible”. The result …

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Crowdsourcing and machine translation: the start of a beautiful friendship

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… He offers readers a Finnish translation of the following English text, done using Google’s translator:

“William Shakespeare (baptized 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s preeminent dramatist.”

“William Shakespeare (kastettu 26 huhtikuu 1564 – 23 huhtikuu 1616) oli Englanti runoilija ja näytelmäkirjailija, laajalti pidetään suurin kirjailija, että …

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