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Happily ever after: how bored workers and their bosses can benefit from crowdsourcing

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

With its mysterious, often invisible army of workers diligently completing tasks and solving problems, it is understandable that the media sometimes treat crowdsourcing almost like a fairytale industry.

Recently, however, our friends at CrowdControl have begun to tear down our carefully cultivated air of magic and mystery with new research on the demographics of digital labor (I can handle losing a little mystique, but nobody better …

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Crowd Labs Incorporated

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… and Ritalin. And that’s just in the first ten hits.

Given its unpleasant past, crowdsourced workers might, at first, be less than enthusiastic about their growing popularity as subjects for human research. Thankfully, academia has moved on since the bad old days of the  Stanford prison experiment and the worst thing most modern participants ever have to deal with is a badly worded questionnaire.

A researcher’s paradise?

Social scientists, psychologists and economists constantly …

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… images be exactly the kind of microtask you’d expect outfits like ours to distribute to digital workers? If a bunch of robots will soon be able to complete such tasks faster and cheaper, will microtasks become just a footnote in the history of A.I.?

Before we all pack up and donate our office space to cybernetics, it’s worth considering the fundamental premise of distributed microtasks. As most people who read this blog know, microtasks generally fit into a category known as human …

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

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… carry out a job, the job is broken down into individual tasks and distributed to a large pool of workers over a digital network.

For example, many companies post their tasks on Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT), a digital labor marketplace. At any given time AMT carries around 200,000 microtasks, each worth 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, …

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Kaggle: crowdsourcing genius or statistical anomaly?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… be a major challenge. Can Goldbloom really guarantee enough competitions to support thousands of workers? At the time of writing, Kaggle has over 17,000 data analysts and only 12 active competitions. Okay, there are a couple of big prizes up for grabs, but I certainly wouldn’t want to depend on Kaggle for a regular income.

Investors clearly see potential in Kaggle. Will the company “buck the trend” and manage to convert all the money and media-hype into statistically significant …

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