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.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why an online community of workers now does jobs that used to be highly skilled,
- Why “crowdworking” must change and
- Why it might not.
About the Author
Mark Harris is a science and technology writer for The Economist, IEEE Spectrum, The Guardian, Backchannel, MIT Tech Review, New Scientist and other outlets.