I can’t help but think of the street person with a sign saying, “Will work for food” when I read about an experiment conducted at bus stops in Finland.
Vassilis Kostakos at the University of Oulu in Finland and colleagues put up four large LCD touchscreens in bus stops and other busy public areas. A sign invited passersby to touch — and to help train malaria-detecting software.
Was it worthwhile? Apparently it was.
… Read the rest “Don’t just sit there waiting for the bus, tutor a machine”
They got 1200 answers over 25 days and found the accuracy of the results was comparable to those of paid workers on Mechanical Turk. Lone users were the most active, perhaps because they were free from peer pressure or distraction.