Gems vs Amazon Mechanical Turk —POTENTIAL SCAM ALERT*****
Gems Mechanical Turk has taken a twist in the wrong direction. I highly advise people do not send their money to this ico as you will likely lose it in my opinion. I will leave this article up for google only.
In the labor industry we’ve all heard of Amazon Mechanical Turk but there is a new player in town, Gems is a highly disruptive tool of mass construction that promises to remove the need for exploitative organizations that suck the profit from hard working people, while providing little value for their service. In this Gems vs Amazon Mechanical Turk comparison we review both of these programs in an easy to digest and concise manner. This article will be updated as the project develops.
*note: We will not be including Crowdflower the other available program in this comparison because of its very high prices which we believe is counter intuitive to fair trade for workers.
Section 1: Accessibility
Firstly Amazon Mechanical Turk is available to everyone, however if you want to get paid for your work you will have to be paid via personal check or in Amazon Gift Vouchers. Considering 38% of the world does not have a bank account this means these people will have to rely on gift vouchers which may not be appropriate for covering basic needs such as paying your rent and getting your grocery shopping. The other issue with Amazon Mechanical Turk is the waiting times to be approved which range from months to never.
Gems is a decentralized marketplace that is open to all with an internet connection and a device capable of connecting to the Gems Protocol. Unlike Amazon you do not need a bank account to be paid for working on Gems as you will be paid in virtual currency that is easily transferable and convertible between various currencies accepted worldwide.
Section 2: Can a Worker Earn More from Amazon Mechanical Turk or Gems?
Currently we only know Amazon Mechanical Turk’s exact financial terms however, we know for a fact that the Gems Protocol is designed to be a lot more cost effective and removes Consensus by Redundancy, a highly inefficient algorithm from the equation. In basic terms currently using Consensus by Redundancy in a system will have an operation tested by 5–10 people to make sure it is correct as these workers cannot be trusted, exponentially increasing costs based on Amazon’s pricing system.
“Gems accomplishes this goal through the Gems Protocol, a protocol for assessing the validity of work and trust of network participants.” — Rory O’Reilly
As the above quote from the founder of Gems states, Gems will maintain algorithmic accuracy using the incorruptible trust factor of Blockchain technology to assess the quality of participants work. Blockchain technology is changing the world for the method in which it is allowing ordinary people to partake in monumental projects as part of a collective swarm of processing power. In short Gems is going to be a much more efficient system than Amazon Mechanical Turk whereby workers take a higher percent of their payment and employers have reduced fees.
Section 3: Gems vs Amazon Mechanical Turk Conclusion
Gems is a truly revolutionary concept that could change the landscape of the distributed internet workforce going into the future. Amazon uses old protocols that are highly inefficient and acting as the middleman, takes an obscene amount of fees that I believe are not fair to workers or employers. Blockchain technology as a whole, is paving the way for disrupting technologies worldwide and the floodgates are now opening for the likes of Gems, to start forging a new more advanced world where we less rely on centralized governance and more rely on decentralized trust based systems that are fair and profitable for the people putting in the work, no matter your background or current socioeconomic position.
How to Get Involved with Gems?
Whether you’re an employer or eager worker, Gems is currently still in the development phases with various, highly sought after investment opportunities open to the right people. If you want to be an early adopter we recommend you bookmark this article as we will update it as the project develops and keep tag of the following official project links.
An Article by David Pritchard of Imageforge Asia