crowdsourcing

  • This Indian team plans to be the first private company to land on the moon

    This Indian team plans to be the first private company to land on the moon

    TeamIndus, a private company located in Bangalore, India, is the one and only Indian entrant into the Google Lunar X-Prize, the international competition to land a private spacecraft on the moon. For TeamIndus, there are a few, exciting things at stake. If they’re first in the competition, they’ll win $20 million and become the first private company to land on the moon. If… Read More

  • Google to shut down Map Maker, its crowdsourced map editing tool

    Google to shut down Map Maker, its crowdsourced map editing tool

    Since 2008, Google has run an online tool called Map Maker that allows anyone worldwide to contribute data to Google Maps. Now, that tool is shutting down. The company announced today in its online forum for the project that the Google Map Maker service, as a standalone product, is retiring in March 2017. However, crowdsourced contributions to Google Maps are not ending, the company… Read More

  • CrowdFlower announces a scientific advisory board as it works to combine AI and crowdsourcing

    CrowdFlower announces a scientific advisory board as it works to combine AI and crowdsourcing

    When crowdsourced labor company CrowdFlower recently raised funding from Microsoft, co-founder Lukas Biewald told me his team was focused on technology that allows businesses to supplement algorithms and artificial intelligence with human judgment from crowdsourced labor pools. Now CrowdFlower bringing on more experts to shape the development of that technology. Specifically it’s… Read More

  • Kenyan startup Ushahidi launches a crowdsourced campaign to monitor the U.S. election Crunch Network

    Kenyan startup Ushahidi launches a crowdsourced campaign to monitor the U.S. election

    The Kenyan software company Ushahidi has launched a campaign to observe the upcoming U.S. elections. The operation, called USA Election Monitor, will track voting irregularities reported via website, email, Twitter and SMS and post accounts to an online interactive map. “It’s a citizen-inspired, citizen-led election deployment,” Ushahidi’s Executive Director Daudi… Read More

  • Moovit and Rock the Vote team up to get you to the polls

    Moovit and Rock the Vote team up to get you to the polls

    Transit app Moovit and the nonpartisan, nonprofit Rock the Vote organization are working to get you to the right poll on time. On election day — Tuesday, November 8 — Moovit will get you from wherever you are to your correct polling place via public transit, bike sharing services or Uber, whichever works best. When users tap the Directions tab, which usually shows only a… Read More

  • Weed on-demand startup Eaze inhales $13 million in funding to grow into new markets

    Weed on-demand startup Eaze inhales $13 million in funding to grow into new markets

    The “Uber for weed” startup Eaze has grown quite a bit over the last year and it intends to expand even more. To get it there, Eaze has closed on $13 million in Series B funding from Fresh VC, DCM Ventures and Tusk Ventures. Eaze launched in July of 2014 to help medical marijuana patients order cannabis on demand. It soon expanded to allow people to get a medical weed card in… Read More

  • Waze and Esri make app-to-infrastructure possible

    Waze and Esri make app-to-infrastructure possible

    The interactive navigation app Waze, with its 65 million active monthly users, has partnered with Esri, which provides geographic information systems (GIS) software to 25,000 state, local and national governments. While the combination isn’t quite the vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communication that will enable autonomous vehicles in the future, it is a kind of app-to-infrastructure… Read More

  • Amazon to spend $2.5M on university competition to build “socialbot”

    Amazon to spend $2.5M on university competition to build “socialbot”

    If you need an Uber, Amazon Alexa has your back. Unfortunately if what you need is a conversation buddy, the personal assistant isn’t quite up to the task. In an effort to bolster Alexa’s social intelligence, Amazon is putting $2.5 million into a new university competition to design and build “socialbots” for the platform. Engineers will use the Alexa Skills Kit to… Read More

  • Mapping startups hope they can chart a new course to success

    Mapping startups hope they can chart a new course to success

    Alphabet, Apple and Uber may be spending billions on exhaustive new mapping technologies to power the self-driving car revolution, but there’s a new generation of companies betting that a combination of crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence will enable them to navigate their way to success in the wild world of international geographics. Some companies are choosing to go deep into… Read More

  • Self-driving Uber vehicles spotted on the streets of San Francisco

    Self-driving Uber vehicles spotted on the streets of San Francisco

    Several folks started noticing self-driving Uber cars in downtown San Francisco yesterday, fueling speculation the ridesharing company could soon be deploying autonomous vehicles for commercial use right where it all started in the Bay Area. Mattermark editor in chief Alex Wilhelm snapped a picture of a white Ford Fusion stopped at the intersection of Montgomery and Pacific. And, as first… Read More

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