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Power from the people: crowdsourcing the constitution

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… citizens the chance to post petitions online. If a petition gets 25,000 signatures in 30 days, the White House must issue a response. However, critics have pointed out that no matter how much support an issue gets, the most voters can expect is a courteous reply from the President. It offers no direct influence on policy.

No, the friendly kind of CIA

Meanwhile (and more importantly) in Finland, the Citizens’ Initiative Act has been in effect since the beginning of March. The Act allows …

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My advice to Newt: use the crowd

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… Security: the new President’s life may just depend on it.

The reason for this is that the White House is not the only place Newt has his eye on. In January Mr. Gingrich said that he would, if elected, create a base on the moon by 2020. Now, I don’t know if Newt has seen the trailers for Apollo 18, but if he has he will know that before he goes anywhere near the moon, he should make sure there are no aliens up there, lurking in the shadows of a crater, waiting to attack him. …

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Hey! You! Get off my crowd: is crowdsourcing becoming a meaningless buzzword?

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… industry to differentiate themselves from what is fast becoming a meaningless buzzword.

Crowded house of representatives

Thankfully, while the NFL sponsors have been parroting the term, crowdsourcing has quietly been getting on with the business of revolutionizing the world. The US Congress has unveiled a draft form of its new Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act, a more considered alternative to the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills. It was opened to the …

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Space Peas and Holy Toast: Why Pattern Recognition is Humanity’s Killer App

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People are strange. We look for faces and animals in clouds, we spot Michael Jackson in a greasy roasting dish, and we pay tens of thousands of dollars for pieces of toast that resemble the Virgin Mary (personally, I think it looks more like Michael Jackson, but I admit that I am not a qualified toast inspector).

This compulsion to find meaningful images in random …

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Search me: what Mad Men and brave moles can do for historical records

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… most people claim to be interested in history, the best way to get unwanted guests to leave your house after a dinner party is to start discussing the technical challenges presented by digitizing historical records.

To overcome this problem in the Digitalkoot project, we sacrificed thousands of cute moles: if volunteers failed to enter the correct words the poor moles fell to their digital deaths. (While we felt bad about manipulating people’s love for cartoon animals, we can still …

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