Monday, August 18, 2008

Annals of Outsourcing

A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention- Herbert Simon

Stage one was SETI@Home: use spare processing capacity on the desktops of the aam junta to process raw data.

In June, the Economist reported that astronomers have started to make their data freely available to amateurs, who can try to scoop the professionals.

Now, Geekpress reports that historians have implemented a clever technique to augment the technology used to scan old documents- use CAPTCHAs to get users of websites to arbitrate on words which the machines don't recognize.

Afterthought: Dash it. isn't this what Google has been doing all along? They have outsourced the job of organizing the internet and creating nice connections between content to human-bots (also known as bloggers)

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