Those who know me, know that I’m a sucker for crowdsourcing. I think crowdsourcing is one of the more interesting new trends in computer science in recent years, and can see it opening doors into whole new worlds of research in security, maching learning, algorithms, scientific computing (e.g. protein folding), etc.
There’s a new blog post by Panos Ipeirotis on this topic titled Crowdsouring goes professional: The rise of the verticals. The post describes several new companies that are building businesses on top of old crowdsourcing systems like Mechanical Turk. These companies offer services like audio transcription, translation, proof-reading, and OCR.
The list of applications is interesting and the trend is exciting, but I’m still wondering what the killer app(s) will be. Somehow it doesn’t seem very imaginative to use crowdsourcing to perform the same applications that computers can already perform (albeit less effectively). On a more whimsical note, maybe this project is moving in the right direction.
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