As accomplished as modern-day computers are, there are some very basic things that machines have yet to master: judgment calls, advanced image recognition, psychological surveys, etc. These are tasks we humans can still claim as our own. During the mid 2000s a new service emerged to monetize these human skills by conceiving the Internet as a factory. Extremely simple, mind-numbingly tedious jobs began to be outsourced to people that spend hours in front of a screen as human computers; an assembly line work, but for the mind instead of the hands.
Utilizing Amazon Mechanical Turk, online workers were hired to watch short videos of falling stars and think of a wish. The responses were compiled in a video featuring each falling star followed by the worker’s wish. Each worker was paid 50 cents of a US dollar for his/her wish.
The videos of the falling starts were obtained from NASA’s All-sky Fireball Network, a network of cameras set up by NASA Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO) with the goal of observing meteors brighter than the planet Venus.