Blockchain-based freelance platforms are slowly but surely entering the market, and joining this movement is Humans.net - a p2p blockchain platform for freelancers that links independent contractors with project managers. The debut follows a successful beta period that saw use from over 200,000 individuals and more than $10 million in investment capital.
The new freelance platform completely eliminates fees and middlemen, using artificial intelligence to rate both employers and freelancers. Additionally, 25% of the advertising revenue is to be distributed to active users. The reputation-based scoring system will be kept on the blockchain, ensuring that records are immutable. Humans.Net also uses a fingerprint verification system to eliminate identity verification procedures.
The new ecosystem is intended to become a search engine for people with skills, connecting employers and employees in various industries and locations. It is not limited specifically to online jobs but for manual tasks such as plumbing and babysitting. Google is not designed for this task specifically, and centralized search engines come with their own series of problems in relation to advertising, tracking, and accuracy. As the decentralized movement continues to gain momentum, it is likely that Google will be left behind as dedicated search engines take over for various industries (health, education, freelancing, food, tourism etc). According to Vlad Dobrynin, founder and CEO,
“We are using advanced AI to drive the search process on the platform which will radically alter how we connect online with peers and businesses. People will get swift and accurate search results irrespective of geographical location…It’s a revolutionary online model which is set to radically alter how we interact online and how we trade skills and services.”
There is a myriad of problems with existing freelance platforms. UpWork, the world’s largest freelance platform, charges fees of 10% on all jobs completed, a significant figure.
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