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Holding Back the Rise of the Machines?

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is one of my favorite examples of leveraging the internet for innovation: Amazon Mechanical Turk is a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence. The Mechanical Turk web service enables companies to programmatically access this marketplace and a diverse, on-demand workforce. Developers can leverage this service to build human intelligence directly into […]

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Reports from HCOMP 2009

Check out Panos’s extensive live blogging from what, as far as I know, is the first Human Computation Workshop (HCOMP  2009). You can also see the associated #hcomp Twitter activity. Evidently Luis von Ahn used his keynote to unveil MonoLingo, a human-powered system for translation, but only using people that know one language (no idea […]

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Copying TREC is the Wrong Track for the Enterprise

Otis just wrote a post in which he cited the Open Relevance Project, an embryonic effort by the Lucene project to build a free, public information retrieval evaluation framework analogous to the TREC conference. Not surprisingly, he sees this as an opportunity for Lucene to prove that it is just as good as the commercial […]

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Rethinking the ESP Game

Thanks to Amir Michail for a tweet that alerted me to a technical report by Ingmar Weber, Stephen Robertson, and Milan Vojnovic on “Rethinking the ESP Game“. The ESP Game is a human-based computation game designed by Luis Von Ahn to tag images. Part of the his motivation for developing the game was that image tagging was […]

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Resolving the Battle Royale between Information Retrieval and Information Science

The following is the position paper I submitted to the NSF Information Seeking Support Systems Workshop last month. The workshop report is still being assembled, but I wanted to share my own contribution to the discussion, since it is particularly appropriate to the themes of The Noisy Channel. Resolving the Battle Royale between Information Retrieval […]

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Games With an HCIR Purpose?

A couple of weeks ago, my colleague Luis Von Ahn at CMU launched Games With a Purpose, Here is a brief explanation from the site: When you play a game at Gwap, you aren’t just having fun. You’re helping the world become a better place. By playing our games, you’re training computers to solve problems […]