One woman’s account of how she crowdsourced what to do and say on dates

Intrigued by how real-time feedback on social interactions could change the course of, well, social interactions, Lauren McCarthy decided to use Amazon Mechanical Turk in an experiment that had her setting up a real-time stream via her iPhone of the dates she went on with strangers from the Internet — so Turkers could watch it and advise her on what to do or say next via texting. Crowdsourced dating: now that’s a first.

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