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Work by television
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People watch video streams that are labelled with numbers and graphs.

People solve complicated algorithms like the travelling salesman problem by entering number sequences with their remote control or phone keypad.

People then get paid to solve algorithms problems.

Baked as mechanical turk but not like this problem.

chronological, Jan 21 2020

Rough idea https://www.worldometers.info/
some quick and probably very dirty stats [wjt, Jan 24 2020]


       I don't get this. Why use television to do this?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 21 2020

       To really solve the traveling salesman's problem, you gotta tell him about the dude that keeps visiting his wife as soon as he hits the road.
theircompetitor, Jan 21 2020

       There's an App for that ...
8th of 7, Jan 21 2020

       I just don't like it. [-]
Voice, Jan 21 2020

       The use of the television is we can get large groups of people to vote on computational solutions.
chronological, Jan 22 2020

       Through the magic of the telephone and a modem, you can get them to communicate that vote, too. I've heard they have gone way past 8 bit these days, and you don't even need to pick up the handset.
RayfordSteele, Jan 22 2020

       I love numbers and graphs. Can't get enough of them.
pocmloc, Jan 22 2020

       // vote on computational solutions //   

       That's irrational. A computational solution isn't a matter if opinion or perception; it's a convergent outcome.   

       Having a vote on a mathematically rigorous process is nonsensical, and if the process isn't rigorous it isn't useful.
8th of 7, Jan 22 2020

       The goal is human beings do computational work.
chronological, Jan 22 2020

       Yes, but I'm not convinced that (a) using TV is worthwhile, given the ubiquity of computers and their greater versatility and (b) you haven't provided an example of a problem that this would work for. For instance, there are computer algorithms that can find a better (though not necessarily perfect) solution to the travelling salesman problem faster than a human.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 22 2020

       But humans are slow, inefficient and notably error-prone; hence Mr. Babbage's intent to generate and print mathematical tables by mechanical means, to avoid the problems arising from human-generated versions.   

       Also the user interface is clumsy and imprecise.   

       Much better to deploy humans to perform tasks that they're good at like ... er ...   

       Well, there's ...   

       Maybe ...   

       We'll get back to you.
8th of 7, Jan 22 2020

       Why not use a computer instead of a TV that's just a one way, non interactive computer that doesn't compute?   

       Actually modern TVs and cable boxes are interactive computers but that's not the point.
doctorremulac3, Jan 22 2020

       They say that someday, phones might not have to plug into the wall, and could even include video capability. But I say, bah. I'll see that when I see self- driving cars and robotic vacuum cleaners.
RayfordSteele, Jan 23 2020

       You can buy Robotic vacuum cleaners, I have one.
chronological, Jan 23 2020

       The goal of this idea was to give everyone a job that they can be paid by just answering questions while watching a television screen.
chronological, Jan 23 2020

       Well, at least it's not in other:general
normzone, Jan 24 2020

       // give everyone a job that they can be paid by just answering questions while watching a television screen. //   

       By "everyone", does that include the Proles as well as the Inner Party and the Outer Party ?   

       How about a scheme where everyone monitors everyone else via their Telescreens ?
8th of 7, Jan 24 2020

       <txts Sharpen line forty-eight between twenty point twenty-seven....Enhance, Tag></txts Sharpen...Tag>   

       TV set sales are outstripped by phones, presumably smart, which can be cast to Televisions but this remote job market needs a steady supply of electricity and a mobile network. Not possible for some areas on the globe.
wjt, Jan 24 2020

       Perfectly possible, just not implemented - yet. It will be, tho, and much, much sooner than currently imagined - because there's money to be made.   

       Forget rich customers; the big bucks are in making very modest amounts of money from extremely large numbers of relatively poor customers. Plus the wealthy are selective, picky, demanding, and troublesome if they're in the slightest bit unhappy. The poor are much easier to victimize.
8th of 7, Jan 24 2020

       I have always had a problem with "making money".
wjt, Jan 24 2020

       That's why you have "VICTIM" on your forehead in big glowing letters ...
8th of 7, Jan 24 2020

       My letters are a nice discreet turquoise.
Voice, Jan 25 2020

       Before removal, mine were a slanted yellow and black motif. Can't give tip-offs.
wjt, Jan 25 2020

       //You can buy Robotic vacuum cleaners, I have one.//   

       No way! The next thing you'll be telling me is that I can send a picture of a piece of paper over the telephone!
RayfordSteele, Jan 27 2020


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