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    How Algorithms Are Becoming Your New Boss

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    Gigwalk, the virtual temp agency, is not only redefining how companies cultivate and deploy their workforce, they’re changing how that workforce gets evaluated.

    Gigwalk, the virtual temp agency, is not only redefining how companies cultivate and deploy their workforce, they’re changing how that workforce gets evaluated.

    To assess people’s strengths and abilities they use algorithms. Here’s how it works.

    The app pairs assignments and people to fill them by broadcasting employers’ needs to potential temp employees’ smart phones. The tasks usually pay between 12 and 15 dollars an hour.

    If the user is up for the job, they reply.

    Typical missions include mystery shopping, onsite consumer interviews, and snapping pics of specific locations. Companies that have used the service include Amazon, Microsoft, and 7-11.

    Dreamy though it sounds, it may not be for everyone, depending upon an individual’s threshold for surveillance.

    The app meticulously follows and evaluates the performance of every person who signs up to do a job.

    For example, it rates how long it took to get a response and tracks the phone’s location via GPS to see how long completing the assignment really took.

    According to the company’s CEO, “We know more about our workers than anyone has ever known about workers.”