Press/Studies A 'smart' fan that decides (using MTurk) whether you are worthy of being cooled (Feb 2016)

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from Annalee Newitz at Ars Technica:

"Designer Simone Rebaudengo has created a smart fan with a built-in ethical dilemma: it can only fan one person at a time. To decide who will benefit from its cooling powers, the fan outsources its problem to Mechanical Turk, and the crowd decides which person in the machine's range deserves fanning."

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Deciding who deserves a fanning is one thing, but the inventor also proposes having coffee makers decide who deserves coffee! :o Sure to be controversial. :wink:

" "If a 'smart' coffee machine knows about its user's heart problems, should it accept giving him a coffee when he requests one?" asks Rebaudengo. "


I also notice it says on the back of the device, "This product's behaviour is sourced with ethical turking."

I wonder who the requester name was and how well the HITs paid... (it was just a shortlived art project, though, it seems).
 
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... A coffee maker that denies me coffee for my own good is going to be a very short lived coffee maker.
 
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