Tag Archives: widesourcing


Crowdsource a country clean? Yes we can.

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Going on vacation to a beautiful beach can be depressing. No matter how secluded you are, littering the coastline will be the evidence that we are trashing our planet.

As global consumption spirals upwards, personal responsibility seems to be at an all time low. Everyday, millions of plastic bottles are thrown into our oceans, where they slowly drift into massive floating …

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Digitalkoot: crowdsourcing Finnish Cultural Heritage

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Many years ago, before the Industrial Revolution, specialization and Justin Bieber changed human existence forever, jobs requiring many hands brought communities together.

In Finland, building a house was once such a job. The collective effort was called a talkoot (in English the closest translation we have is “working-bee” or “barn-raising”).

Even if you are not …

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2010: A year not lost on the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… even 20 years ago.

The year of the crowd

In the last 12 months the crowdsourcing (or “widesourcing” or “distributed work” or whatever you want to call it) industry has exploded. It seems like almost every week a new method to involve the crowd pops up online.

For us at Microtask, 2010 feels like a happy blur (that one might associate with New Year’s Eve, rather than the manic workloads faced by people running start-ups). It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a …

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Crowds against the Machine: will digital workers soon be digitized?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Until October this year, I would have put driverless cars in the same category as jetpacks, robotic maids and space elevators. All the stuff, in other words, that a time traveler from the 1950’s would expect to see gathering dust in our garage ( “Gee Mister, the Internet sure is a blast, but when do we go visit the moon base?” ).

Now, thanks to Sebastian Thrun & co …

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Science fun: the protein shake that makes you a genius

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

For the past few nights, my life has contained far more protein than normal. I’m not talking about the variety best cooked medium-rare on a barbecue, but the brain-food found in the science-meets-crowdsourcing game Foldit .

You got to know when to hold it; know when to foldit

Foldit is a free, online protein-folding game. Players tweak, shake and wiggle chains of amino …

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