Remote Work Aided by Conversational Agents

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, remote work from home has rapidly become a necessity around the world, drastically changing the potential landscape for the future of work. Over the last couple of decades, microtask crowdsourcing has emerged as a viable means of carrying out remote online work to earn one’s living — an alternative to traditional work for a large number of people. In the aftermath of the pandemic, there is likely to be an increase in people who need to work from home due to a variety of reasons, ranging from safety and well-being to massive layoffs. However, current crowdsourcing platforms and marketplaces are not adequately optimized for worker satisfaction or engagement. There is a need for a new means of interaction that can engage the workers, support their cognitive needs, cater to their well-being – all without compromising on the quality of work being produced. Drawing inspiration from prior studies which have shown that conversational systems can improve user experiences, we investigate the feasibility of microtask crowdsourcing aided by conversational agents. Findings based on our recent research in conversational microtasking, have important implications on improving both, the subjective mental condition and objective output quality of workers. We believe that conversational agents have an important role to play in shaping how remote work can be carried out in the imminent future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Future of Work 2020
EditorsGloria Mark, Sean Rintel
PublisherMicrosoft Research
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventNew Future of Work Symposium 2020 - Virtual/online event due to COVID-19
Duration: 3 Aug 20205 Aug 2020


ConferenceNew Future of Work Symposium 2020

Bibliographical note

Virtual/online event due to COVID-19
Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project
Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • Conversational Agent
  • Microtask
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Quality
  • User Engagement
  • Remote Work

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