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Crowdfunding the future: Mad science, bad science, and the Tesla Museum

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… most high-profile success stories to date. So far, over $1m has been raised to preserve the Wardenclyffe facility, the site of a particularly fascinating (and ultimately tragic) period in Tesla’s life. But as well as being an inspiring example of grass-roots crowdfunding success, the Wardenclyffe facility provides a useful insight into the pitfalls of funding today’s mad science.

Tesla is my Ohmboy

Tesla’s work was backed by J.P. Morgan and John Jacob Astor (which today would …

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Can crowdsourcing be used as a tool for evil?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… popped up on the home page of every Facebook or Twitter saying if they want to save the Eiffel Tower, they must visit such and such website (I’ll provide details of this site and bank numbers at a later date) and click the “donate $5” button. If the target figure of $5 million is not reached in 12 hours, the Eiffel Tower will be blown up. Essentially what I’m talking about is a cross between crowdfunding site Kickstarter and those absurd guilt-trip chain emails saying kids will die …

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Is feedback the new Tower of Babel?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

In a globalized world, more connected by the minute, an insight into the minds of people virtually anywhere on the planet is only a click away. Researchers have access to incredible amounts of information about consumers and their preferences. Age old mysteries like whether people prefer Sonic the Hedgehog or Knuckles the Echidna can finally be answered.

Yet this does …

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Could crowd-driven think tanks be weapons of mass instruction?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… UK think tank newthinktank (most imaginative name ever) aims to bust open the walls of the Ivory Tower by inviting the crowd to contribute to its research efforts. Newthinktank aims to create an online forum where public service employees and users can come together to share their experiences, orchestrate research and generate policy ideas. The project is still in its infancy, but could be a fascinating experiment into the possibility of crowdsourced policymaking.

Shooting for the moon …

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The reluctant crowdsourcer: a decade of Wikipedia

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… simple APIs, and solid reward structures. If Wikipedians looked down from their ivory tower, they might just learn something from the current generation of crowd-led projects.

In the meantime, if any women reading this blog are experts on obscure Mozart music (though I’m guessing that Venn diagram has a pretty narrow overlap), I suggest they get over to Wikipedia and help make the web a better place.

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