Is Automan a step towards autonomy at work, or slavery? buff.ly/SD4NTY Can AI and crowdsourcing reduce drudgery at work?

— Stowe Boyd (@stoweboyd)

December 7, 2012

From the post at GigaOM Pro:

Imagine a company that ran totally on crowdsourcing, where an impartial automaton posts work assignments (along with fees), and members of the ‘workcrowd’ opt to take on work through some sort of bidding process. Upon completion, the machinery — or another member of the workcrowd — would determine if the work was adequate for its purpose. Presumably, the determination of what tasks need to be done could likewise be crowdsourced. An entire organization that is all crowd, no boss.

Perhaps a bit scifi even for my tastes, but there is certainly something intriguing about adding artificial intelligence to the mix, if only to manage aspects of the coordination of increasingly independent workers. As [Daniel] Barowy said, ”One way to think about it is that it saves the interesting parts, the creative parts, or the fun parts for people. It’s really the best of both worlds. You have the computer doing the grunt work.”


The Baltimore Blast will host a soccer festival tomorrow (October 13) at Honeygo Regional Park as part of the team’s “Goals for Daniel” program.   The program, initiated last month in conjunction with the Borowy family, will raise money for medical costs for Daniel Borowy, the 17-year-old victim of the Perry Hall High School shooting.  Daniel, who underwent three surgeries after the shooting, will attend the event along with his family from 2:30-4 p.m.

The soccer festival will take place tomorrow from 2-6 p.m. at Honeygo Regional Park.  Soccer players, students and members of the Perry Hall community and the surrounding areas will raise money for their participation in small-sided 6 vs. 6 soccer games. All proceeds from the soccer marathon will go directly to the Borowy family.  The soccer marathon will also feature a small-sided game between Blast players and participants from the Allied Sports Program. 

A 17-year-old special-needs student at Perry Hall Senior High School, Daniel has a love of sports including soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, bowling, swimming, horseback riding, tennis, gymnastics, hiking and climbing.  He has been an active participant in the Allied Sports Program through PHHS, Harford County’s Discovery League for individuals with disabilities, the Parkville Recreation Conquerors Program and Kingsville Recreation. Daniel also loves to dance, especially to the music of his favorite singer, Lady Gaga.

In addition to the soccer marathon, the Blast will also host Goals for Daniel night at 1st Mariner Arena on November 3.  Students from all over Baltimore County will be invited to attend the Blast’s opening night game and the team will donate a portion of ticket sales to Borowy’s family. 

Additionally, the Blast players will continue to visit local Elementary, Middle and High Schools, urging students to learn from this incident and others like it.  The Blast diversity and respect school program, which highlights the diversity among the Blast teammates, features a soccer volleyball game between Blast players and school teachers along with the message that people who come from different backgrounds with vastly diverse experiences and beliefs can successfully work together as a team to reach a common goal.  Additional information on the Blast School Program is available at www.baltimoreblast.com.

“The Blast is happy to be able to help Daniel and his family,” said Blast President and General Manager Kevin Healey.  “We always are looking for ways to make a positive impact on our community.  This event will be a fun way to help Daniel and raise money for his medical bills.  We encourage everyone to participate.”

The soccer teams will be broken into travel, rec and just for fun levels of play and each player must raise a minimum of $20 in order to participate.  Teams and groups who want to participate in the Goals for Daniel soccer marathon should fill out the entry form available on www.baltimoreblast.com or call Mike Conway at 410-558-4292.