Tag Archives: Xiha Life

Language Lessons: translating the global conversation

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… mobile internet and broadband mean people are spending more and more personal time online. And, as life gets uploaded, so do languages. Our friends at the social network Xiha Life have even added a “Translate button” to their site interface. Using machine translation, the button allows members (who come from over 200 countries) to switch between languages in real-time.

Facing the crowd

While machine translation is slowly improving, crowdsourced translation is booming. Take Facebook …

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Open Source Life

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the preserve of the gods.

What I am referring to, of course, is the creation of artificial life by biologist Craig Venter.

The Bride of Frankenstein

Without getting into too much detail, what Dr Venter has in essence done is manufacture a synthetic chromosome and insert it into a bacterial cell, which had its own chromosome removed. The breakthrough was that the bacteria then replicated normally with this set of artificially created genetic instructions.

While The Economist …

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See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… you mean

The software was created to provide deaf people with real-time subtitles for everyday life. Currently, deaf people are forced to rely on expensive professional transcribers, who are only available at certain times. The Rochester research team, led by Walter Lasecki, instead rely on Mechanical Turk users to provide live translation for a fraction of the cost, day or night.

As well as helping deaf people navigate the noisy world, this crowdsourced transcription system is perfect …

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Death 2.0: Crowdsourcing the rest of your (after)life

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… A few weeks ago, while watching TED videos to escape the scorching Italian sun (it’s a tough life, I know), I came across this off-beat and slightly creepy talk by Adam Ostrow, Mashable’s Editor in Chief.

Adam’s subject was our online (im)mortality. These days people are constantly uploading stuff: social networking profiles, tweets and even humble blogs. Long-term, this means we’re all creating virtual “life-journals” that will, eventually, outlive us. Unable to ignore …


Life, liberty and the pursuit of crowdsourcing: Iceland’s constitutional saga

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

If there was a top ten of crowdsourcing nations, Iceland would be the new number one. Back in June the small Northern state hit the (tech) headlines when politicians announced plans to crowdsource a new constitution . At first, I confess I was skeptical. In my experience government crowdsourcing projects are like Mars probes: there’s a massive launch, then six months later …

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