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University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers have developed AutoMan, an automated artificial intelligence-based system that can delegate tasks to human workers via crowdsourcing platforms.

The researchers designed AutoMan to send out jobs, manage workers, accept or reject work, and make payments. The researchers note that AutoMan does not attempt to predict the reliability of its workers based on their previous performance. Instead, if the system is not sure it has the correct answer, it keeps on posting the same job, upping the fee each time, until it is confident that it does. "One way to think about it is that it saves the interesting parts, the creative parts, or the fun parts for people," says University of Massachusetts Amherst researcher Daniel Barowy.

AutoMan could be given a budget by an app developer and programmed to keep costs down. The researchers hope their system will make crowdsourcing mainstream, with software delegating tasks to human workers around the globe.

"AutoMan might even help grow a new class of jobs that could become a new sector of the world economy," says University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Emery Berger.

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