Feeds

New auto-crowd tech writes better articles than pro writers TRUE

Profs turk online neo-Grub-Street hack clusters

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Crowdsourced teams can write informational articles better than what single individual journalist writers can, say scientists at Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science Human-Computer Interaction Institute (CMUSCSHCII) which is a top institution of human-computer interactions science.

"This is exciting because collaborative crowdsourcing could change the future of work," Aniket Kittur said. "We foresee a day when it will be possible to tap into hundreds of thousands or millions of workers around the globe to accomplish creative work on an unprecedented scale."

Kittur is an assistant professor at the CMUSCSHCII, first name Aniket. We don't know if this is a woman or a man.

A statement says:

Kittur, along with Robert Kraut, professor of human-computer interaction, and Boris Smus, a student in HCII's joint master's degree program with the University of Madeira, have created a framework called CrowdForge that breaks down complex tasks into simple, independent micro-tasks that can be completed rapidly and cheaply.

{We think the others are definitely men.}

It goes on:

"Jim Giles and MacGregor Campbell, San Francisco-based science journalists, have created a blog that will explore the use of CrowdForge for preparing science news articles based on research reports."

There is a crowdsourcer thing already, Amazon's "Mechanical Turk". People who do jobs on MTurk are called "turkeys".

Turkeys won't do long jobs like writing an informational article as the pay is chickenturkeyfeed.

"But much of the work required by real-world organizations requires more time, cognitive effort and coordination among co-workers than is typical of these crowdsourcing efforts," Kittur said. Most turkers, for instance, refuse long, complex tasks because they are paid so little in return, says the statement from CMUSCSHCII.

CrowdForge uses turks as if they are PCs in a distributed cluster like SETI@home, but people not PCs. This can be called turking the people.

Each low-paid turkey does a different part of the informational for a few cents each. European readers: there are 100 cents in a US American dollar, which is worth a variable amount compared to your Euros pounds roubles etc.

Kittur Kraut Smus describe proved that turking is better than paying lazy hacks:

In preparing five such articles on New York City, this method required an average of 36 sub-tasks for each article, at an average cost of $3.26. The articles averaged 658 words. The researchers then paid eight individuals $3.05 each to produce short articles on the same subjects; the average length was 393 words. When 15 people compared the articles, they rated the group-written articles of higher quality than those produced by individuals and about the same as a Wikipedia entry on the topic [that costs nothing]. The variability - the range from the best to the worst article - was lower for the crowdsourced articles.

By paying less, amazingly the professor scientists found they got less good informational articles.

Even more amazing is the fact that starving turked beggars will write anything at all for less than a cent a word.

When the brothers find out who they are words will be had FREE CONTENT.

"We used MTurk as a source of workers," he (Kittur dead man FREE CONTENT) noted, "but other users might tap into writers and researchers within an organization or into an existing network of freelancers."

Read all about it (link deleted FREE CONTENT).

[Can we have our 50p now please. So cold and hungry thank you] ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P
Probe will be just 10km from Space Duck in October
Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies
Gummy pterosaurs outlived toothy competitors
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS
No sign of Ziggy Stardust and his band
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.