Published On: Sat, Oct 18th, 2014

Mechanical Turks- the future of employment is pretending to be a machine

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Once upon a time most people were involved in agriculture. Now only 2% of the population in developed countries work in agriculture. The shift in employment in the 1800s and 1900s was painful but most of the slack was eventually picked up by new forms of employment.

The shift to software and robotics that is currently taking place will have a similar dramatic change in employment and yet nobody can think of what all those people are going to do.

Perhaps the answer is Mechanical Turking:

“80-90% of the work that is currently being done will be automated in the next 20-30 years.

In other words, bots (autonomous software) will do the work people used to do to earn a living.

Nobody seems to have a clue as to what most people will be doing for work when bots take their jobs.

I have a pretty good idea what they will do (and I have a pretty good track record on this type of stuff). I can be sure of one thing. It’s not going to be pretty. In fact, I believe it is going to be damned ugly.

Here’s what you and your kids will be doing for work in the future, and you won’t be alone.

It’s what billions of people all over the world will be doing to earn their living.

Most work will be turking.

What is turking? It’s when human beings do the work that bots aren’t able to do yet, but they do it in a way a bot would do it.”

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