Amazon’s Mechanical Turk staff need to be handled like people

Amazon's Mechanical Turk workers want to be treated like humans

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service is all about utilizing people to carry out pc-like duties, resembling figuring out objects and transcribing movies. Nevertheless, these staff are uninterested in being handled like automatons — they’ve launched an e mail marketing campaign urging Amazon chief Jeff Bezos to market Mechanical Turk employees because the people they’re. Ideally, they’d be handled as “expert, versatile” individuals with actual identities, not simply as instruments for time-acutely aware clients. They’re hoping for a public response from Bezos, and in addition need to shake off stereotypes of Turkers as unskilled or working solely for “beer cash.”

Amazon hasn’t responded to the comparatively younger marketing campaign, though it might need to at a sure level. Mechanical Turk employs over 500,000 individuals worldwide, or almost 5 occasions as many staff as Amazon’s typical rank and file; it would not take lots of them to flood Bezos’ inbox. With that stated, this is not a protest within the typical sense. Lots of these writing in like their jobs, and simply need to remind the CEO that they are greater than cogs in a machine.

[Picture credit score: Karl Gottlieb von Windisch, Wikimedia Commons]

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