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November 4, 2005

Mechanical Turk: Earn money for some clicking

This is so cool: There were some projects that let you donate your idle computing power to search for aliens or compute proteins, like Google Compute.
Then there are programs where you get payed for surfing, or basically looking at advertisements. But now Amazon invented something totally new:

turk The Amazon Mechanical Turk
Artificial Artificial Intelligence

Humans are much more effective than computers at solving some types of problems, like finding specific objects in pictures, evaluating beauty, or translating text. The idea of the Amazon Mechanical Turk web service is to give developers a programmable interface to a network of humans to solve these kinds of problems and incorporate this human intelligence into their applications.

So now, everybody that has a computer and is somewhat bored, can earn a couple of bucks ;) Or if you work on it during your regular day job, you even get payed twice! *just kidding*

Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos has already completed 34 of the HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks) that pay $0.03, so the Multi-billionaire has earned over $1 already! ;)

Posted by marco at November 4, 2005 6:27 PM in Category IT

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