Social Turkers


In 2013, I went on twenty dates with people I met on an online dating site called OkCupid. I used my phone to stream these dates to the Internet. I paid remote workers on a site called Amazon Mechanical Turk to watch, interpret what was happening, and direct me what to do or say next. These directions were communicated to me via text message and I had to perform them immediately.

What if we could receive real-time feedback on our social interactions? Would third party monitors be better suited to interpret and make decisions for the parties involved? Could this make us more aware in our relationships, shift us out of normal patterns, and open us to unexpected possibilities?

socialturkers.com


screenshot of documentation. closeup shot of lauren is looking at a person who is blurred while they are at a bar. the lights are red and there is a window behind them.screenshot of questions for the person participating in this project. The question reads as follows: What do you want her to say or do? the options are stay, say (with a text box to write on), leave.screenshot of questions for the person participating in this project. The question reads as follows: What do you want her to say or do? the options are stay because (with a text box to write in), talk about (with text box), act (with text box), ask (with text box), leave because (with text box)..screenshot of questions for the person participating in this project. The question reads as follows: Imagine the woman as an avatar that can move in different directions. What do you want her to do? the options are advance, back off, sidestep / change subject, stay put / idle, explanation (with text box to write in).screenshot of questions for the person participating in this project. The question reads as follows: What do you want the woman to do? the options are advance, back off, sidestep / change subject, question, agree, disagree, smile, laugh, challenge, other (with text box to write in). please explain your choice.screenshot of questions for the person participating in this project. The command reads as follows: "Vote for one of the following questions for the woman to ask:" the options are do you want any pets?, what car do you drive?, do you think I'm cute?, What are your plans for the future?, do you think this is a good experiment?, please suggest another question for the woman to ask (with a text box to write in below).written documentation showing the time, questions rating, what do you want the woman to say? categories that happened january 20, 7:30pmtriptic documentation image showing laure speaking to someone while moving her hands and looking away from the camera.