Crowds make large scale web projects possible

Just a quick post tonight as Rose and I pack for her big swim in Rottnest. My fellow Awesome Foundation Sydney member, Scott Drummond, shared a link with me the other week which I noted to post and share. It’s embedded below.

The video walks through how the RECAPTCHA project has allowed for thousands of old world books to be transcribed digitally for record online. It’s quite stunning. The talk connects with many of the themes we’ve discussed here before, like cognitive surplus and translating things online.

Specifically, I’m really impressed by the idea that is raised in the video called Duolingo. It helps people learn a new language WHILST they translate stuff from the internet. The crowd is now truly online. We are all connected, and together we can achieve some truly great things without even noticing it. Enjoy the talk.