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Atlas of Platform-Based Work: Home
"Platform-based work — “Turkers” doing information tasks on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, students moonlighting on TaskRabbit, professional taxi drivers filling their slow hours with fares from Uber — creates new opportunities and poses new challenges for workers, businesses, and governments. For platform-based workers, the factory floor and the predictability of the 9-to-5 grind are gone. There is no (human) boss to give orders or look over workers’ shoulders. Workers work when they want, and sometimes — depending on the work — where they want. Businesses and clients can grow their workforces by thousands overnight and shrink them the next morning. In this new world of work, most workers are independent contractors, not employees. Traditional legal protections and benefits — minimum wage, employer-based health insurance and retirement plans, paid vacation, paid sick leave, overtime, and collective bargaining — have fallen by the wayside. Some platform-based workers don’t seem to mind, but others clearly do. And regulators are wondering where the money for social security is going to come from.

The goal of the Atlas is to support clear-eyed public discussion about the benefits and problems of platform-based work.

The Atlas is hosted by the German labor union IG Metall, in cooperation with the Austrian Chamber of Labor."
work  labor  via:ablerism  taskrabbit  mechanicalturk  amazon 
november 2015 by robertogreco
notes on "when you see the future you want you buy it"
" is a different sort of thing. It is an iPhone app that provides an interface to people. Developers write “micro-applications” that can present questions or request work from people. Some have called it an “IFTTT for people” and I think that is somewhat true, but there is a lot more there that hasn’t been fully brought out. is made by Tasty Labs, makers of Jig. I think they have a similar problem that IFTTT in that this sort of human->computer/computer->computer software requires a lot of good documentation and plain English examples. IFTTT managed it with a really clear site that still took a few months for people to fully grok*.

I think is a bit more Mechanical Turk than IFTTT. The thing that MT was missing was what provides: a very simple way to construct micro-apps to present elements that extract work from humans."
medium  branch  applications  ios  iphone  tastylabs  microapps  micro-apps  mechanicalturk  ifttt  andretorrez  berg  littleprinter  2012 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Sol Lewitt + Mechanical Turk : clementvalla
"Custom software recreates various Sol LeWitt drawings. The software also posts instructions on’s Mechanical Turk. Human workers execute the drawings online based on the instructions from the program. The workers are paid 5¢ for each drawing. The software then assembles the drawings in a grid. The computer generated drawings, and the grids filled in by anonymous workers are displayed side by side."
art  design  robots  drawing  crowdsourcing  mechanicalturk  sollewitt 
march 2011 by robertogreco
The Do Lectures | Matt Webb
"Matt Webb is MD of the design studio BERG, which invents products and designs new media. Projects include Popular Science+ for the Apple iPad, solid metal phone prototypes for Nokia, a bendy map of Manhattan called Here & There, and an electronic puppet that brings you closer to your friends.

Matt speaks on design and technology, is co-author of Mind Hacks - cognitive psychology for a general audience - and if you were to sum up his design interests in one word, it would be “politeness.” He lives in London in a flat with a wonky floor."
mattwebb  design  designfiction  computing  ai  scifi  sciencefiction  berg  berglondon  future  futurism  retrofuture  space  speculativedesign  2010  dolectures  books  film  thinkingnebula  nebulas  history  automation  toys  productdesign  iphone  schooloscope  redlaser  mechanicalturk  magic  virtualpets  commoditization  robotics  anyshouse  twitter  internetofthings  ubicomp  anybots  faces  pareidolia  fractionalai  fractionalhorsepower  andyshouse  weliveinamazingtimes  spacetravel  spaceexploration  spimes  iot 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Matt Webb – What comes after mobile « Mobile Monday Amsterdam
"Matt Webb talks about how slightly smart things have invaded our lives over the past years. People have been talking about artificial intelligence for years but the promise has never really come through. Matt shows how the AI promise has transformed and now seems to be coming to us in the form of simple toys instead of complex machines. But this talks is about much more then AI, Matt also introduces chatty interfaces & hard math for trivial things."

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mattwebb  berg  berglondon  future  mobile  technology  ai  design  productinvention  invention  spacebinding  timebinding  energybinding  spimes  internetofthings  anybot  ubicomp  glowcaps  geography  context  privacy  glanceableuse  cloud  embedded  chernofffaces  understanding  math  mathematics  augmentedreality  redlaser  neuralnetworks  mechanicalturk  shownar  toys  lanyrd  iot  ar 
september 2010 by robertogreco
"When you play a game at Gwap, you aren't just having fun. You're helping the world become a better place. By playing our games, you're training computers to solve problems for humans all over the world."
games  ai  research  human  captcha  multiplayer  mechanicalturk  videogames  intelligence  recognition 
may 2008 by robertogreco
metacool: Finding Steve Fossett
"This a striking yet tragic example of the power the web has to facilitate networked collaborations of broad scale and scope."
rescue  mechanicalturk  crowdsourcing  stevefossett  search  images  satellite 
september 2007 by robertogreco

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