Imagine a future in which passengers on a subway stare into screens for a few minutes - and earn as much money in that time as their respective skills and stations allow.
New projects like Amazon's Mechanical Turk and LiveOps are making the application of human brainpower as purchasable and fungible as additional server rackspace. Zittrain discusses a future in which human computing is ubiquitous and nearly any mental act can be bought and sold.
Amanda Congdon was the co-producer and host of a weekly vidcast for ABC. She has an independent videoblog, Starring Amanda Congdon. She is also co-president of Oxmour Entertainment along with Mario Librandi and was the host of Amanda Across America before it concluded.
However, she is probably best known for hosting the daily news show Rocketboom, which she hosted and produced until 23 June 2006.
Jonathan L. Zittrain is an American professor of Internet law at Harvard Law School and a faculty co-director of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
Previously, Zittrain was Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford and visiting professor at the New York University School of Law and Stanford Law School. He is the author, most recently, of The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It; and co-editor of the book Access Denied.
Professor Jonathan Zittrain offers some background on Amazon's Mechanical Turk, an online crowdsourcing marketplace that pays small amounts of money for "human intelligence tasks." He analyzes the social implications of paying workers as little as a penny per task.