crowdsourced work Archive

Understanding the economy of the crowd

When you think about crowdsourced work, you probably think about Mechanical Turk and, maybe, Uber. On the one hand, an anonymous platform where people feel like mechanical parts. On the other hand, a face-to-face platform where people are rapidly obsolescing and doomed to be replaced by robots. I call this the “Turk Myth,” that crowdsourced work is only done by people because we haven’t built good enough robots yet. …