The Quest to Recreate the Olympics with Mechanical Turk

Shamik Ghosh had been picking up enterprises on Amazon Mechanical Turk for several months when he logged on in wintertime 2010 and realise a perplexing solicit: Person craved him to act out a series of Winter Olympic sports–snowboarding, ice hockey, figure skating, etc.–and they were offering to pay him $3.50 for every video that he uploaded to YouTube. Sacrificed that conceptualizing, filming, and uploading a video would take 10 times at most, that came out to an hourly compensation of about $21 — an enormous sum for the microtask scaffold, where the average compensation as of 2017 was$ 2/ hour. And unlike most duties on Mechanical Turk, this one actually seemed … fun.

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