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ceo and founder of amazon
If it was merely a hoax, then the Mechanical Turk would have been forgotten as yet another eighteenth-century oddity. However, the device fit perfectly into the creeping belief—replete with excitement and anxiety—that mechanical labor (and maybe mechanical minds) could replace human labor and agency.
The United States has been going through a similar period of excitement and anxiety since at least the 1970s. Whereas some companies, like IBM, have sought to create a supercomputer that can think as well as (or better than) a human, Amazon invested instead in its own Mechanical Turk—something that feels like a machine but really has people behind it. Instead of developing the perfect computer, Amazon thought, it could just develop a way for imperfect computers to “integrate a network of humans directly into their processes,” as the company wrote in its 2005 SEC filing. In doing so, it opened the door to the weird world of crowdworking.
In 1911, the American engineer Frederick Taylor delivered a paper in which he announced that workers’ natural laziness and propensity for underworking was “the greatest evil which the working-people of both England and America are now afflicted.” His solution was a system of “scientific management,” wherein work would be divided into the smallest repeatable tasks and assigned a time limit. The aggregate of these tasks would then become the baseline for the workday, and “those who fail to rise to a certain standard are discharged and a fresh supply of carefully selected men are given work in their place.”
Almost a century later, Amazon hit upon a similar approach to worker productivity. Yet, whereas Taylor’s genius was in super-charging the assembly line by reducing all skilled work to tiny micro-tasks, the genius of Mechanical Turk is in creating virtual assembly lines.
Request for ideas… https://t.co/j6D68mhseL
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/JeffBezos/status/875418348598603776
let’s try one that facilitates all the spectrums.. all the people..
revolution of everyday life
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CNN (@CNN) tweeted at 7:00 AM – 13 Jan 2018 :
With a net worth of more than $105 billion, Jeff Bezos is now the richest person in history https://t.co/ePw55dZR5Qhttps://t.co/yuf0C7jkRA(http://twitter.com/CNN/status/952178596113723393?s=17)
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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ wealth increases by $275 million every single day. Meanwhile, Amazon workers have to rely on food stamps and public assistance just to survive. This is what a rigged economy is all about.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1047131709378977792
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bernie: if you work 40 hrs a week you should not be living in poverty
we could get/be there via tech as it could be..
Amazon is raising its minimum wage to $15 following pressure from Bernie Sanders
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P. E. Moskowitz (@ptrmsk) tweeted at 9:35 AM on Tue, Oct 02, 2018:
why is everyone saying amazon raising its wages is because of bernie sanders and not cuz of the thousands of workers who protested, leaked information to the press, and organized? lol
Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) tweeted at 5:37 AM – 3 Oct 2018 :
Monopolization is a form of theft. What Bezos is doing is, for business reasons, throwing back a few pennies he stole and watching the people rejoice in his honor. That’s gross. (http://twitter.com/matthewstoller/status/1047450481025601536?s=17)
Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) tweeted at 6:40 AM – 3 Oct 2018 :
13. Bezos raised wages for minimum wage workers for a series of reasons. But mostly because he’s happy to be able to steal from the entire economy and get the support of lefties in doing so. Bezos throwing pennies at workers while stealing from others isn’t a victory. It’s sad. (http://twitter.com/matthewstoller/status/1047466372937273345?s=17)