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Crowdworking, or outsourcing tasks to an online community, continues to rise, but that may change. Science and technology writer Mark Harris investigates crowdworking, its origin and its future. He suggests that ultimately computers will remove the need for crowdworking when it comes to microtasks such as data entry. Harris concludes that, to survive, the crowdworking industry must upgrade to more interesting tasks. getAbstract recommends this article to business owners and online freelancers.

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Mark Harris is a science and technology writer for The Economist, IEEE Spectrum, The Guardian, Backchannel, MIT Tech Review, New Scientist and other outlets.



Businesses use crowdworking to accomplish many small microtasks. This method of outsourcing reduces business costs by fragmenting large jobs that require expertise (and therefore higher pay) into small, mundane microtasks anyone with a computer and Internet connection can complete. A virtual army of online crowdworkers then completes the tasks for a relatively small amount of money.

Since their inception in 2005, many crowdworking platforms have emerged, and the demand for crowdsourced tasks has increased. In the United ...

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