Artist Streams Her Dates Live On Amazon’s Mechanical Turk
Lauren McCarthy ‘crowdsourced’ her social interactions by allowing people to view a video feed of romantic interactions and then comment on what she should do next.
Artist and programmer Lauren McCarthy is interested in the ways technology can be used to “augment, subvert, alter, mediate, and ultimately deepen social interaction.” She has developed a system using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing service that lets people watch and comment on her date.
With ‘Social Turkers,’ she has livestreamed dates using an iPhone app and asked for real-time feedback on her social interactions. Turk workers were paid to watch the stream, interpret what was happening, and offer feedback about what she should say or do next, which was communicated to McCarthy via texts.