Thursday, November 04, 2010
Don't worry, the coach isn't out of a job yet, nor are you. But many editors are scratching their heads at news of Soylent (so called because it's made from people), a new on-demand human computation option when you want to check your writing, shorten it or get more eyes on other copyediting tasks; it calls itself "a word processor with a crowd inside." Nieman Journalism Labs has a thorough look at Soylent here, and it says:
Would you try such a tool? The Nieman Labs post does a great job considering the many types of reactions--positive and negative--that writers and editors may have, but points out the news organizations already using Mechanical Turk to conduct a variety of tasks. Soylent makes it easy for the rest of us to follow suit.