A great new opportunity arises for people who have always wanted to work for Google. The company has launched a new app that is called Task Mate and lets people earn money by completing various simple tasks, including recording short spoken sentences, transcribing sentences, and taking pictures of storefronts.
Currently, the New Google App Is Only Available in India
While the app can only be accessed by users in India at the moment, many expect it to become available in other countries as well. Even for people in India, though, the app requires an invitation code for signing up. With few codes being available, there are currently not so many people working on the tasks the app has for its users.
Some experts have compared the new app to Google Opinion Rewards, which is a different app that rewards Play Store credit for people answering questions about the company’s products and places users have visited recently. However, Task Mate will be completely different and go way beyond quizzing people on their whereabouts and shopping habits. It will present its users with tasks that will earn them real money.
Google’s Task Mate Will Offer Tasks Divided Into Two Categories
Users of Task Mate will be able to choose from tasks divided into two categories – sitting tasks and field tasks. Sitting tasks include recording and transcribing sentences, as well as other similar tasks that can be done while stationary. On the other hand, field tasks will include other activity-based tasks such as taking photographs of storefronts. Users will be paid in their local currency as soon as reviewers approve their completed tasks.
So far, Google has not shared any details on how exactly these inputs will be used, but experts assume the company will use them to improve its dictation, image recognition, and search processes. The app will use the user’s third-party payment partner to send money to a bank account or mobile wallet.
Axiom Space Plans to Send Its First Crewed Flight to the ISS
Axiom Space, the world’s first private space habitat company, is going to embark on an intrepid space research mission next year. The company offers paid space excursions in its commercial space station. For the first time, the company’s four private astronauts are set to travel to the ISS or the International Space Station to conduct research experiments.
As a part of the company’s highly anticipated Ax-1 Mission, Axiom is set to send their first crewed flight to the ISS, incoming February 2022. The shuttle carrying the crew inside will be a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, which is the first of several SpaceX Crew Dragon flights Axiom purchased in March 2020 from SpaceX, to open a smooth two-way manned transportation between the planet and the ISS.
One of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets will be launched under Ax-1 next February. While reaching the ISS, the rocket will spend two days in orbit. After being docked with the orbiting lab, the Axiom crew will spend 8 days onboard, conducting the research, which should be completed by an estimated 100 hours. The four crew members will have company at the space station. A group of Russian cosmonauts, German astronauts, and NASA astronauts are currently up there, who will join the experimentation.
The Path-breaking Research
Among the 25 research experiments on the mission, the focal research will include experimenting with stem cells to scale how space impacts aging. The crew will also perform a two-day 3D hologram projection demonstration with the help of a Microsoft HoloLens. NASA has already demonstrated a one-way ‘holoportation’ from the ground to the space station, but this time a two-way holoporting dialogue will be conducted by one of the Axiom Space crew members.
The Men on the Mission
The Axiom flight crews onboard Ax-1 will include Michael López-Alegría, the former NASA astronaut and the mission’s commander. The three other members are Larry Connor, an American nonprofit activist investor, Canadian investor Mark Pathy, Israeli investor, and former Israeli fighter pilot Eytan Stibbe. They have all paid $55 million each to ride onboard Ax-1 and helped in deciding the research experiments to be conducted.