I found this interesting..........
Unlike Siri, which gets its answers from a cocktail of Internet databases, such as Wolfram Alpha, Yelp, and Google, Iris is fed “information” directly from ChaCha, which is powered by what the company calls “Guides.” ChaCha pays, giving its “Specialist Guides” between $.10 and $.20 per answer, transcribers $.02 per question and “vetters,” who verify the answers, $.01 a pop. It might not sound like much, but given how easy the job is — and myriad YouTube videos confirm the simplicity of the job — guides claim to make somewhere in the $2 to $8 per hour range.
The training for these positions takes only a few hours and involves filling out a form, watching some videos, taking a “very easy” online test with database cheat sheet and submitting a tax form. After that, Guides work on their own schedules, answering away. “You can login whenever you want! You can login at 3 in the morning and answer questions.” Anyone can do it.
Looks like an interesting sideline. I tried to sign up, but it seems they don’t take guides from Wisconsin? At least, they don’t have WI as an option on the W9. I sent a message asking what was up with that.