Each year, people around the world spend billions of hours playing computer games. What if all this time and energy could be channeled into useful work? What if people playing computer games could, without consciously doing so, simultaneously solve large-scale problems? GWAP
is Luis van Ahn's answer [PDF, HTML cache]
to these questions, a collection of easy and engaging games that make computers smarter.
posted by carsonb
on May 27, 2008 -
Remember Third Voice, the controversial
browser plug-in that let you add public notes to any website? Enough webmasters complained and it was shut down
in 2001, after only two years in operation. Maybe attitudes have changed, because the folks at Trailfire
are trying this idea again. Available for Firefox
posted by Who_Am_I
on Nov 14, 2006 -
is a site for tagging online academic articles. It lies somewhere in the intersection of del.icio.us, CiteSeer, and EndNote. When you tag an online article
, you can add your own metadata, develop your own collection, and share other people's collections. You can also export your collection to BibTex or EndNote. While you can't access articles that you or your institution do not subscribe too, there seems to be a fair amount of CiteSeer stuff in there, for instance in relation to collaborative filtering
. There are also some groups
, such as The Philosophy of Information
posted by carter
on Feb 24, 2005 -
Recently we've all been thinking
about flat (or better, faceted
web apps that organize email
, and general knowledge
. The common threads are metadata
(tags, categories, labels) that enrich relationships within and hence searchability
of large collections. But besides marketroid hype
, snark) and a computer that plays Twenty Questions
can we do and study using faceted data structures: searchable culture references
in The Simpsons, library science
, computer filesystems
development, models for human memory and cognition
posted by fatllama
on Dec 5, 2004 -
RFID to track students in Spring, Texas...
the information is fed automatically by wireless phone to the police and school administrators. That's right: constant and continual monitoring of all the schoolkids in the district by the local police department.
posted by Irontom
on Nov 17, 2004 -
Always fancied yourself as a "Writer" but don't want to get covered in paint or arrested? This download allows you to deface a train wagon to your hearts content and then upload it to a gallery. Not the real thing
but as close as most of us will ever get...
posted by jontyjago
on Mar 28, 2003 -
Remember Bullet Time
? Remember how it got damn annoying from overuse really quickly? When was the last time you saw something neat done with it?
Take a look at Lumasol
posted by Su
on Sep 12, 2002 -
Blogdex at media.mit.edu
(The link may not work, I've gotten through twice now, both times between noon and 4pm PST, but every other time I've tried I've gotten server not available errors.)Does anyone know what this is? The times I got through it looked like an interesting cross tabulation of what is being covered in the web log world, like a handy index for people looking for entries on a certain topic. It was not complete looking when I got in last, the site mostly consisted of the front, and an "about" section, but the front page did have a list of the top ten links being talked about on currently indexed blogs. I found the link in my referer log.
posted by Nothing
on Jul 21, 2001 -