Despite the advances of modern-day computers and AI learning systems, there are some very basic things that machines still can’t do. These are tasks we humans can still claim as our own. During the 2000s big corporations started monetizing these human skills by conceiving the Internet as a factory. Extremely simple, tedious tasks began to be outsourced to people that spend hours in front of a computer screen. A simple assembly line with human-computers workers using their eyes and minds instead of their hands.
Utilizing Amazon Mechanical Turk, various online workers were hired for this project to merely watch short videos of falling stars and ask for 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 per wish.
The videos of the falling starts (meteorites) were obtained from NASA’s All-sky Fireball Network, a network of cameras set up by NASA Meteoroid Environment Office (MEO).