Katharine Mieszkowski called, "I make $1.45 a week and I love it". It's about the crowd sourcing human computation system called "Turk" which Amazon released back in November 2005.
Here's a summary:
The article provides some really interesting case studies which speak volumes about trends and incentives in crowd sourcing. The most interesting involved "Aaron Koblin, a student in UCLA's Design/Media Arts program, who was writing his master's thesis about the site" . He offered 2 cents per drawing and ended up collecting over 7,500 which he turned around and sold for 20 for 20$. Read the whole article who see how the crowd reacted! I think the publics' responses will surprise you.
"On Amazon Mechanical Turk, thousands of people are happily being paid pennies to do mind-numbing work. Is it a boon for the bored or a virtual sweatshop"
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