HUMAN Protocol intro: A new way for humans and machines to connect

HUMAN Protocol is an infrastructure to reshape how humans work, by supporting distributed job markets in which any job, of any size or type, can be securely tokenized, published, and completed. The Protocol facilitates direct, globally mapped connections that bring workers closer to the rewards of their work, organizations to workforces, and machines to understanding.

HUMAN Protocol also provides the tools for better human-to-machine collaboration; within the job markets it supports, AIs can handle repetitive tasks while humans focus on specialized or creatively challenging tasks.

HUMAN’s vision is to create a more human world: disintermediated yet connected, with every viewpoint and background accounted for and represented, in which all value produced is rewarded.

Distributed job markets

To improve a digital world, we must address its foundations: the mechanisms and systems through which we connect, interact, and collaborate. HUMAN enables distributed job markets, but it is not the job market itself. Rather, it provides the tools, infrastructure, plugins, and APIs to support broad-scale data markets – which, in time, will become markets to support any type of work. It connects distributed workers with global opportunities to empower an already flourishing gig economy, to ensure it is workers, not corporates, that have control over the opportunities available to them, and receive more value from their contributions.

New technologies require new data. Data informs the capability of machines to accurately interpret the world. A company producing a smart car may require data to be labeled by up to 40,000 people; as the size of the data sample increases, so does the accuracy. Currently, it is difficult to hire such a workforce. Organizations are forced to rely on traditional data vendors, which provide untargeted, less relevant datasets that are susceptible to greater bias.

If organizations can select who labels data, they can better assure the relevancy of the dataset produced. HUMAN Protocol provides the end-to-end infrastructure – the tools, plugins, integrations, and API – to hire, manage, validate, and compensate workers at scale. The job markets it supports are secure and automatic; various Protocol systems handle the publishing and distribution of work tasks, the validation of completed tasks, and the release of funds. The Protocol provisions trust between distributed parties, ensuring organizations can more reliably access global workforces, and that workers, based anywhere, can access global opportunities.

How HUMAN Protocol works

HUMAN Protocol is designed to distribute tasks across the globe in pursuit of more balanced and accurate information. For example, it can look for variation in responses to arrive at a consensus of what’s true: an amalgamation of thousands or millions of perspectives. The network enables automatic objective measurements of all work done. This includes a network of Validators and a two-part oracle system, which securely verifies the successful completion of tasks and the information provided to the network.

Three key entities within HUMAN Protocol are Requesters, Workers, and Exchanges. Every application to run on or integrate HUMAN Protocol functions as an exchange: a matchmaker between jobs published by a Requester, and tasks completed by Workers.

  • A job is a request for work – represented as a group of tasks to be done – published by the Requester. There are many standard job types represented within HUMAN Protocol. Alternatively, the Requester can select a custom job type.
  • A task is any labor performed by a user – a Worker – in which value is produced. Each task represents an individual work interaction: the labeling of data, the identification of correct information, the solving of a puzzle. A single job can be made up of thousands or millions of tasks. An organization may want to develop a dataset targeted at a specific topic, achieved through the completion of thousands or millions of tasks by a distributed workforce.
  • Jobs are broken down into their composite tasks, each of which can be independently completed by a Worker. An example of a job type may be to scan a page. An example of a task within that job type may be to type in the displayed letters or numbers, or affirm their correctness.
  • For many types of jobs – such as the labeling of data – the result is improved through the diversity of the workforce completing it. Global diversity in human-to-machine interactions is critical to empowering a new generation of AI and ML technologies.
  • Every completed task is a handshake, signifying work requested, work completed, and transactions made.

HUMAN Protocol’s native token is HMT. It is the network’s primary mechanism for value transmission. Those who want a million photographs categorized must pay the smart contract with HMT; the websites and Workers on the other end are paid in HMT. HMT also compensates network service providers. The HMT token has a limited supply.

Visit the HUMAN Protocol’s architecture page for further information, or read the blog post on the lifetime of a HUMAN work for a summary of how jobs are securely published, vetted, and fulfilled.

The world’s largest workforce has a home

hCaptcha, a widely used, privacy-protecting alternative to traditional CAPTCHA systems, is the first application to run on the HUMAN Protocol. 15 percent of internet users engage with hCaptcha, making it the world’s largest data-labeling workforce. But this is merely the beginning. HUMAN and its partners are seeking to expand the Protocol’s use in more apps, each of which acts as an Exchange between Requesters and Workers, enabling new dispersed markets and methods of working, as well as increasing the number of human-machine interface points.

HUMAN Protocol already generates a high number of work interactions; to avoid overloading any particular blockchain, each transaction is batched into hundreds to millions of tasks. The HUMAN Protocol’s scalability, as well as the growth of the dispersed marketplaces it facilitates, are dependent on interoperability. The quantity of transactions and jobs awarded will demand more cross-chain distribution as more applications link with HUMAN Protocol, generating and rewarding two-sided markets. HUMAN has partnered with Solana, Polkadot, and Chainlink to support this, and more collaborations are planned as part of the Foundation’s ambition to eventually decentralize the Protocol.

What is HUMAN Protocol’s future?

The goal of the HUMAN Protocol is to expand and sustain decentralised markets. This has the potential to push a new generation of AI and ML technologies, as well as gig economies, and is backed up by the applications that operate on it now. HUMAN now allows everyone, including the HUMAN community, developers, and businesses, to explore the Protocol’s capabilities, enabling the secure and transparent tokenization of additional sorts of labor across more applications.

Visit the HUMAN Protocol website or blog for additional details.

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