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Experience the life of a Worker on Mechanical Turk

Task:Reflect on your experience as a worker on Mechanical Turk. What did you like? What did you dislike?

Ayushi: I've worked on two different tasks.

Task 1: Labeling the photographs on mechanical turk for humans

In this task I was assigned to label the photographs using color markers.Some of the features for this task are as follows:

  • $0.05 for each task
  • labelled 3 photographs all of which are pending
  • Gave approximately 5 minutes foe each task

Task 2: Providing information about products

In this task I was assigned to provide information about various daily use products.Some of the features for this task are as follows:

  • $0.05 for each task
  • Gave information for approximately 3 products
  • Took around 10 minutes to provide information about product
  • All 3 pull requests are pending

Things I like & I dislike

The things that I like were:

  • Opportunity for making money
  • Filtering the task on basis of various factors
  • Variability of task types

The things that I dislike were:

  • No proper monitoring for task revenue
  • Cheating in paying rewards
  • Lack of monitoring of task content

Experience the life of a Requester on Mechanical Turk

Reflect on your experience as a requester on Mechanical Turk. What did you like? What did you dislike? Also attach the CSV file generated when you download the HIT results.

Explore alternative crowd-labor markets

There were many other crowd sourcing platforms such as Crowd Flower, TaskDesk, oDesk, etc. other than the mechanical turk. There were same problems with these platforms ,i.e., no guarantee of proper wages for the turks, no task monitoring, etc. We have to build a better platform which will overcome these problems & improve the conditions of turks as well as quality of work.

Readings

MobileWorks

A mobile crowdsourcing Platform for workers at the bottom of the pyramid

Strengths of the system

  • As Amazon’s Mechanical Turk has workers who are primarily the residants of USA and India. Since India have limited English Literacy and lack of access to a desktop computer so it makes crowdsourcing work inaccessible to a large population of Indian Population. It means for workers at the bottom of the pyramid. But in India mobile phone penetration is very high because they are simple and capable of surfing the internet.
  • The cost of mobile internet has got a decline so it is affordable by the workers at the bottom of the economic pyramid.
  • They also seems easy to handle . It also has increased the earning rate of the employees.
  • Biggest advantage of the system is that work can be done from anywhere , at anytime and according to our own comfort . It finally results to the flexibility rather bounding the workers .
  • It also results better accuracy as more and more workers are involved in it and thus provide closest correct result and the increasing employment also.

Improvement in the system

Despite having lots of positive points there are following improvements which i think has to considered:

  • There should be increased data rates which decreases the time to complete each tasks and thus results greater efficiency which means more tasks will be done by workers in less time.
  • As we know mobiles are very user-friendly but still there are lack of awareness is prevailing about crowdsourcing using mobiles . So there should be spreading of proper knowledge about how it works.

mClerk

  • What do you like about the system / what are its strengths?
  • What do you think can be improved about the system?

Flash Teams

  • What do you like about the system / what are its strengths?
  • What do you think can be improved about the system?