Tag Archives: widesourcing


Now that’s what I call a remix: confessions of a YouTube-oholic

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Forty-one milliseconds of fame

Music is another example of a field where experimentation with widesourcing (a clever new word CrowdCloud dreamed up) never seems to stop.

Leading the way is the band C-mon & Kypski who’ve put together a crowdsourced video. In ‘One Frame of Fame’ each person is asked to copy the pose of a band member and take a picture (it’s indie music, so strictly no air guitar). The website uses software that runs on all browsers and, after rendering …

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Microtasking: Two hundred years later, the debate goes on

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… distributed work will put decent folks out of a job.

It is inevitable that as crowdsourcing (or widesourcing, if you like) grows, such criticism will get louder. In our view, this is a good thing. Healthy debate is crucial for the long term development of the industry.

Here at Microtask, we do our best to stay above the fray. Nothing, neither hype, nor detractors, nor even new episodes of House M.D (season finales excepted) can stop us delivering balanced reports about the latest …

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All I want for Christmas is you clear terminology

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… industry and public in general please agree on more precise terminology for crowdsourcing/widesourcing/distributed labor etc, before all of us become tarnished by bad Christmas songs and lazy blog posts. If you grant me this one request, I promise I won’t exploit Christmas in a blog post this time next year.*

*OK, these are also lies. Don’t tell Santa.

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Science and the “Nobel” art of gaming

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

As regular readers will know, here at Microtask we love a bit of science fun. Back in November we blogged about Foldit , a freely-available online protein-folding game. Foldit players contribute directly to scientific discovery: the more proteins they fold, the closer scientists get to curing diseases like Alzheimer’s and AIDS.

Refusing to be out-innovated by mere protein …

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A ticket to play

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

San Francisco is a great place to be a geek. The city is home to hundreds of startups including big names like Twitter, Craigslist and Zynga. Silicon Valley itself is just 50km round the bay.

Every year thousands of tech-seeking tourists cross the Golden Gate Bridge to attend events: the Game Developers Conference, Apple Keynotes, the Web 2.0 Summit – there’s an expo for …

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