Tag Archives: Web Applications

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of the people

Like 3D printing, the potential of crowdsourcing is enormous. Almost every day new applications for it pop up, from composing ringtones to curing AIDS.

Currently, many of these solutions are more gimmicky than great. If any of you clicked on the ringtone crowdsourced above (and didn’t smash your computer trying to make it shut up) you’ll know what I mean. But the industry is still in its infancy. As it matures, and its strengths are understood and applied more …


Short Stories About Tiny Tasks: the Microtask Book

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… 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 with Publification.com to make Short Stories About Tiny Tasks fully readable on every kind of mobile and desktop browser. This edition comes with some cool social features, so please feel free to share it and join the conversation. You can also download a generic ePub version. …

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From millions of tasks to thousands of jobs: Bringing digital work to the developing world

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… from a few cents to several dollars. Anyone wishing to earn this money can simply point their web browser to AMT and follow the instructions. Microwork is inclusive in that gender, disability and other personal characteristics do not play a role in selection on digital labor marketplaces.

The World Bank’s mission is to reduce poverty in the world, and its infoDev program got interested in the potential of digital microwork to provide employment to poor people in developing …

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Journalist vs. microworker: a fair fight?

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… reporters should investigate the real issues: worker wages, spam requestors, cutting edge applications. Instead of cheap tricks, how about experiments that push boundaries and test the crowd fairly. Crowdsourcing and journalism are both here to stay. Let’s stop sniping and get to the real story.


VizWiz: what the crowd sees is what you get

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… decades there’s been a quiet revolution in “disabled access technology”: un-sexy, practical applications that help people get online and get on with their lives. There are now dozens of purpose-built accessibility apps which incorporate assistive technologies like OCR and speech-recognition. These are impressive advances but human-computer expert Jeffrey Bigham believes that, with the help of the crowd, things are about to get much, much better.

Remote assistants

As Professor …

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