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Amazon Mechanical Jerk

Zoe Chaves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Zoe Chaves

The marching orders "think like an Industrialist" and Amazon's Mechanical Turk destroyed my integrity in just an afternoon. I'm still trying to figure out the cheapest way to get it back.

Tom Friedman: A New Ayn Rand for A Dark Digital Future

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Friedman's vision is worth studying, if only because it reflects the distorted perspective of some very wealthy and influential people. In their world the problems of the many are as easily fixed as a line of code, with no sacrifice required of them or their fellow billionaires.

It's College Students vs. the Corporate Machine -- and the Machine's Winning

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

That's how the Corporate Machine works. Colleges and universities are there to generate its "inputs," intellectual and human, not to advance our collective understanding and knowledge.

Mechanical Turk: Amazon's New Underclass

Julian Dobson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Julian Dobson

Instead of hiring employees or negotiating tiresome freelance contracts, anyone who wants a job done that can be done on a computer can simply go to the market and instantly pick from a host of willing or desperate workers.

How the Unskilled Will Inherit the Economy

Alicia Morga | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alicia Morga

In the labor market most make the distinction between skilled and unskilled workers. But these terms take on different meanings in the technology job market. What is skilled?