What are digital job markets, and what can they become?
Following on from our piece “What is a knowledge worker?”, this article will explore the kinds of work that could be available on HUMAN Protocol. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the work that could be on the Protocol, but is simply intended to help the community begin to think about the possibilities, and the power, of HUMAN.
A digital job is any kind of work that can be completed remotely on a computer (or by a computer). Through HUMAN Protocol, Requesters and Workers can find each other, agree a price for work, and execute a transaction. This is how a market for digital jobs is created.
MTurk, Scale, and Upwork are just a few examples of centralized companies that offer users access to digital job markets.
The problem is that the markets are controlled by the intermediary.
HUMAN Protocol offers a way for the Requester to deal directly with the Worker. Software governs, automates, and enforces the rules so that no intermediary is required. The technology is open source, meaning any developer can build applications on top of HUMAN Protocol.
On HUMAN Protocol, applications are referred to as Job Exchanges. These are the interfaces through which work is requested and completed. They can best be thought of as the tools given to Workers to complete jobs. For a more comprehensive look at how the Job Exchanges work, visit our piece on the subject.
Briefly, HUMAN Job Exchanges currently address the following verticals within the data labeling industry: image, text, and video.
The first obvious application is to jobs that we already consider digital. This could be:
Anything that can be done remotely – with the work verified, too, in an objective computational manner – can be brought to the Protocol.
As highlighted in our article on knowledge workers, almost any kind of job has a segment of knowledge work involved. This work - because it is abstract, not physical - could represent a market on HUMAN Protocol.
The Protocol is designed to decompose large tasks into subsidiary ones and combine the results.
Microwork requires micropayments. Blockchain means that one-to-many micropayments are feasible across the globe, which unlocks many previously impossible job markets.
In practice, this means that any group who contributes value in any way (but have had no way of finding, representing, and transacting the value of their contributions) can be paid through the Protocol.
We will release an article on how cryptography unlocks a new world of work.
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