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Amazon's latest employee patent won't pay you for unsatisfactory work

Daniel Cooper, @danielwcooper
February 26, 2013
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Jeff Bezos seems like a nice guy with big dreams (and a bigger wallet), but some Amazon patents make us worry that there's a sour cherry at the heart of all that whipped cream. The retailer has been awarded a patent entitled "Facilitating improvement in the results of human performance of tasks," but is actually concerned with not paying potential digital employees if their services are deemed to be unsatisfactory. Those whose efforts are judged and found wanting could have the option of taking a reduced cut of the original fee, or getting computer-aided feedback on how to improve and snag the rest. While we hope this one remains locked inside a Seattle filing cabinet, we can just see how Judge Judy's going to react when people take Mechanical Turk disputes public.

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