human cloud
n. The independent workers that a company, using online sites or apps, can hire temporarily to perform tasks as needed.
Recent developments in cloud computing have seen the addition of the ‘human element’ to the cloud and consequently the birth of the ‘human cloud’. Many organizations are already dealing with the ‘human cloud’ paradigm.
—Dania Radi, “Have You Ever Heard About the ‘Human Cloud’?,” Academy Cube, April 18, 2016
Employers are starting to see the human cloud as a new way to get work done. White-collar jobs are chopped into hundreds of discrete projects or tasks, then scattered into a virtual "cloud" of willing workers who could be anywhere in the world, so long as they have an internet connection.
—Sarah O'Connor, “The human cloud: A new world of work,” Financial Times, October 08, 2015
Companies like PumpWell are expanding the well-understood economies of outsourcing to new sectors, with the help of technologies that are only now maturing. These include the combination of reliable networks and cheap data storage — that thing we call "the cloud" — that enabled so many IT services to be outsourced in the first place. Another is the "human cloud," the idea that professional expertise can be geographically diffused.
—Ivor Tossell, “Why the human cloud can do your work better than you can,” The Globe and Mail, November 27, 2014
2008 (earliest)
Thinking about the "human" cloud… e.g. Amazon Turk and other similar things
—Matt Hart, “Thinking about the…,” Twitter, October 10, 2008