Developments I Will Be Watching Very Closely

The Extraordinaries.

The Extraordinaries is smartphone software that allows millions of volunteers to perform tasks on their smartphones in just a few minutes…People login to our system from any place on Earth within cell reception, and constructively use small windows of spare time for science, medicine, nonprofits, government, and more.


-Translate micro-finance loan applications (Kiva).
-Transcribe subtitles for human rights videos (Witness).
-Help immigrants improve their English (Phone ESL).
-Help NASA find craters on the surface of Mars (Clickworkers).
-Help Cornell University collect data on urban birds (Celebrate Urban Birds).

Apparently the first app won’t be out until mid- to late 2009. Watch this space.