Your next boss could be a computer

Software that delegates tricky problems to human workers is changing the nature of crowdsourcing.

"I'D RATHER have a computer as my boss than a jerk," says Daniel Barowy. To that end he has created AutoMan, the first fully automatic system that can delegate tasks to human workers via crowdsourcing platforms such as Amazon's Mechanical Turk.

Artificial intelligence is improving all the time, but computers still struggle to complete certain tasks that are easy for us, such as quickly reading a car's license plate or translating a joke. To get round this, people can post such tasks on platforms like Mechanical Turk for others to complete. Barowy wanted to automate this process - and AutoMan was born.

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Daniel Barowy, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Michael Bernstein, Stanford University in California 
Emery Berger,  University of Massachusetts