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Remote quality control via Internet

Farm it out... way out.
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I am a fan of the show "How it's Made". I am impressed that although robots do much actualy building of mass produced items, the process still often concludes by having the finished items in their multitude stream by a line of humans who do quality control, picking out rejects. Recycled materials are sorted by a similar process. It is hard to beat a human eye for complex pattern recognition.

This work could be farmed out using the internet. It is conditional on each piece inhabiting a specific space on the belt such that it can be individually identified.

I log in. I watch pieces passing by on my screen. Maybe they tumble as they move. If one looks good l right click. If one looks bad I left click. If I have a Mac with a one button mouse I weep and tear my hair. Acceptance or rejection of a piece is done by majority opinion. I am given a credit for participating with the majority in the correct categorization of a piece. A local robot does the work of flipping the reject off the belt.

The credit algorithm could vary. If rejects are in the minority then I might receive more credits for participating in their identifcation. But if I incorrectly (per the majority) note something to be a reject I may be docked a credit or ultimately lose my work slot.

Credits would convert to pay according to # participating at a given time: if you work when everyone else does, your credits are lower than if you work odd hours.

One could cheat the system by logging in with a number of coconspirateurs and systematically marking large numbers as rejects. Pattern recognition would detect that given IP addresses were voting as a bloc, and not in sync with others and kick them off or dock thir pay.

Ultimately as regards cheaters, dilution is the solution to pollution. This system would allow large numbers of people to work from home at odd hours and for short and irregular periods: disabled, elderly, unemployed, Warcraft gold farming Chinese, etc.

bungston, Sep 22 2010

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       //If I have a Mac with a one button mouse I weep and tear my hair.// <MrT> Pity the Option-Key fool! </MrT>
zen_tom, Sep 22 2010
  

       The basic idea, as embodied in the title, seems fine. I'm just confused about the 'voting' aspect.   

       Is there really a need and is it efficient/cost effective to employ multiple 'inspectors' for all quality control operations? I wouldn't think so. Too much overhead, for one thing, and too slow. One QC person, given a clear set of (pass/no pass) standards, does the job quite well.   

       Internet voting on each piece might be worthwhile with recycling of waste products, I dunno.
Boomershine, Sep 22 2010
  

       /One QC person, given a clear set of (pass/no pass) standards, does the job quite well. /   

       One QC person in person on the job does quite well. A given random somewhere in the world might just want to screw with people with no possibility of repercussion. Redundancy makes this less damaging.
bungston, Sep 22 2010
  

       // dilution is the solution to pollution. //   

       We think the jury's still out on that one in the real world, actually, bearing in mind your species propensity for trying to get rid of stuff by dumping it in the sea; nuclear waste and chemical weapons are the main concerns, closely followed by .... well, just about everything, actually.   

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8th of 7, Sep 22 2010
  

       //...bearing in mind your species propensity for trying to get rid of stuff by dumping it in the sea.//   

       I'm for sending our stuff into outer space, damn the expense. There's no one there to bother.
Boomershine, Sep 22 2010
  

       So it's GWAP with a purpose?
Alx_xlA, Sep 22 2010
  

       //as regards cheaters, dilution is the solution//
Better if the workers had more persistent identities (albeit anonymous ones -- i.e. user accounts) 'cause it would strengthen the incentive to earn a record of good-quality work. That would leave a smaller problem -- human error -- for dilution to solve.
  

       Edit: I just thought of an argument against the above. There might be a secondary market in the identities of good workers. Perhaps you could make more money working just long enough to earn credit as a good worker, then selling your account to a sloppy, careless person, who would do poor-quality work, for a high-quality fee, just long enough for the system to catch on and reduce the fee. Might be interesting to model and see under what set of assumptions that activity would be profitable.
mouseposture, Sep 23 2010
  
      
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