Knowledge-based work and routine tasks will increasingly be sliced, diced and contracted to the lowest online bidder.

Knowledge-based work and routine tasks will increasingly be sliced, diced and contracted to the lowest online bidder as companies and consumers post micro-jobs like proofreading, translation, coding, doing laundry and much more. Coffee & Power, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, Freelancer.com and others are creating the next assembly line, splitting up knowledge-based assignments. Companies like TaskRabbit, available in five U.S. cities and aiming to expand to 12 this year, focus mostly or errands. Employers get connected to the cheapest global vendor, while hungry workers willing to put in hours can rack up a modest living.