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TWIG 40: Palm Lives

Facebook privacy issues dominate much of This Week in Google #40. Talking heads this week are Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Gina Trapani, and Paul Thurott. See the show notes and Friendfeed links. Topics discussed include:

TWIT live stream | TWIT Channel on YouTube | TWIG 40 permalink

Is Social Media a Fad?

Is Social Media a Fad? Or the biggest shift since the Industrial Revolution?  Welcome to the Social Media Revolution by Erik Qualman, author of Socialnomics. Read a rough transcript of  stats in the video with sources as of April 2009.

TWIG 35: Protect “Right To Bear Data”

In This Week in Google #35, Leo Laporte says the Constitution’s second amendment should be amended to protect the right to bear data, not arms, to defend us against tyranny. TWIG 35 opens with a wide-ranging discussion of Intranet freedom and censorship following Google’s decision to pull out of China.

Talking heads this week are Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Gina Trapani, and Kevin Marks. See the show notes and Friendfeed links. Topics discussed include:

TWIT live stream | TWIT Channel on YouTube | TWIG 35 permalink

David Rose: How To Pitch To Venture Capitalists

Thinking about starting a business? David S. Rose’s rapid-fire TED U talk on pitching to a venture capitalist tells you the 10 things you need to know about yourself — and prove to a VC — before you fire up your slideshow.

Learn more about David Rose. Want more advice? See ReadWriteWeb’s compendium on making the pitch.

Take Flight, Unemployed Knowledge Workers: Data-Mining In The Cloud Pays A Penny A Ton

Before you start dreaming about buying a new boat with all the cash you’ll earn while working at home for Mechanical Turk, listen to this talk by Jonathan Zittrain of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. The messenger is brilliant, even as the message is scary and depressing: “a new range of projects is making the application of human brainpower as purchasable and fungible as additional server rackspace.”

Minds for Sale (YouTube documentation):

A new range of projects is making the application of human brainpower as purchasable over the cloud as additional server rackspace. Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, dives into the ethics and issues surrounding cloud labor in this talk from the Berkman West reception at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California on November 18, 2009.

INDEX
0:00 Open
1:47 West Coast vs East Coast
2:05 Ubiquitous Human Computing or “Minds for Sale”
2:32 The Tween Bot
4:14 Crowdsourcing “The Future of the Internet”
7:36 A tour of the Ubiquitous Human Computing pyramid
8:37 Example 1: The X-Prize
10:24 Example 2: Innocentive
12:08 Example 3: LiveOps
15:43 Example 4: SamaSource
16:16 Example 5: Amazon’s Mechanical Turk
20:13 Example 6: The ESP Game
22:47 Example 7: Human Computing for Electronic Design Automation
24:01 Example 8: Google
25:24 Why Should We be Pessimistic?
26:38 Child Labor on PBS
28:11 Laboring for a Devious Cause
29:23 US Border Webcams
30:05 Smart Drive
30:45 Internet Eyes
32:09 Identifying Protesters
33:21 A Speculative Example
35:05 Mechanical Turking your way to a Fake Reputation
39:36 Mechanical Turking your way to a Political Movement
41:20 Captchas Sweatshops
43:03 “Crowding Out”
44:41 The Future of Crowdsourcing and How to Stop It
47:14 Clickworkers of the World Unite!
50:45 Monetizing Kindness
52:25 Q&As