2,800 crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites
Part of the reason The Matrix burned such an indelible mark on the world’s imagination was because it seemed so plausible (apart from the moments when the script calls for Keanu Reeves to convey emotions other than confusion). How do we know that we’re not the subjects of some elaborate simulation?
Ville Miettinen writes in once again, this time discussing the definition of crowdsourcing. He highlights two recent studies of the crowdsourcing process which hope to narrow down and phrase exactly what crowdsourcing is. While one study produced a detailed technical analysis of the various crowdsourcing processes and mechanisms, the other took a more philosophical approach to try and come up with the simplest possible definition.
With so many truly terrible cards on the market, it's no wonder that consumers are growing wary. But what if you could, like Batman, create your own credit card and write the small print yourself? That's what Barclays are promising with the launch of Barclaycard Ring, its new 'crowdsourced credit card.'
It is now possible to buy something pretty close to a Star Trek replicator for a few hundred dollars (or a few thousand if you don't want to play Scottie and build from a kit). The era of 3D printing is upon us, and if you listen to some of its devotees, it's going to change the world.
Companies who want to take advantage of crowdsourced design must fully commit to the model, and not hold it at arm's length or treat it as a fad. Crowdsourcing doesn't mean a dilution of ideas, or a homogenization. It can lead to inspired solutions to complex problems, as long as the crowd is allowed to be a crowd. After all, while horses may be sleek and elegant, sometimes a good hump is exactly what you need.
Far from turning on its creators like a modern day Frankenstein's monster, technology may in fact help us to deal with the ever-swelling deluge of data that is clogging up the hard drives of the world's research departments.
We like to think of paid crowdsourcing as a truly “equal opportunities” phenomena. A global workplace where anyone anywhere can get a job. But is this really true outside developed, computer-literate countries? Has crowdsourcing lived up to its potential when it comes to employing the world’s poor?
Other than politicians and bankers, few types of people come in for as much abuse as amateurs. The word itself is practically an insult: a goal gets fumbled, an actor forgets his lines and what time is it? Amateur hour. Maybe it’s just me, but a guy who says he’s “an amateur” usually has a weird look in his eyes and talks a lot about steam trains.