Tag Archives: winning

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… and the ongoing war between human and machine translators (spoiler alert: humans are still winning, but only just). This, along with the success of Digitalkoot in correcting machine recognition errors, shows just how far computerized pattern recognition has to go before it can rival the average human brain.

But as well as letting us prove our mastery over the machines by thrashing computers in translation races (which, incidentally, may be a bad idea if you take the threat of a …

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Food52: a recipe for crowdsourcing success?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Take the following ingredients:

. Two award-winning cookery writers.

. One eager food-loving crowd.

. A sprinkling of game mechanics.

Mix them all together and what do get? Answer: Food52. Founded in 2009 by New York Times journalists Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, the site is described as a “social hub for people who love to cook”. As well as debating burning culinary questions (just how do you make a vegan omelet?), Food52 …

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Microtask Selected to Rule the Globe

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… from 40 different countries who submitted nominations, and we were invited to present our winning crowdsourcing strategy at the Red Herring Global forum in Los Angeles next month.

The official word from Red Herring is this:

“Technology companies are becoming the bright spot in the economic outlook based on their increasing role within macro-economic environments.“ Stated Alex Vieux, Chairman of Red Herring. “2011 has confirmed the sector’s vibrant activity and its …


War Games (or how the US military learned to love the crowd)

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… a $40,000 prize. Using Facebook, Twitter, public radio and good old-fashioned bribery, the winning team tracked down every balloon in an impressive 9 hours.

Obviously impressed by the crowd’s talent for tracking inflatables, in 2011 DARPA launched the snappily titled Experimental Crowd-Derived Combat-Support Vehicle Competition. The competition invited the crowd to submit designs for a “groundbreaking” new military jeep. The contest ran for a month and DARPA received and …


Science and the “Nobel” art of gaming

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… critical discovery is always possible. Who knows, one day there really might be a Nobel prize winning crowd.