Monday, December 11, 2006

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk

David pointed me to the new Amazon´s charging service Mechanical Turk. The main idea is that people pay people to complete specific tasks. According to Amazon, "Amazon Mechanical Turk provides a web services API for computers to integrate "artificial artificial intelligence" directly into their processing by making requests of humans. Developers use the Amazon Mechanical Turk web service to submit tasks to the Amazon Mechanical Turk web site, approve completed tasks, and incorporate the answers into their software applications. To the application, the transaction looks very much like any remote procedure call: the application sends the request, and the service returns the results. Behind the scenes, a network of humans fuels this artificial artificial intelligence by coming to the web site, searching for and completing tasks, and receiving payment for their work".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am one of the "network of humans" using MTURK.

I've set myself the challenge of "mturk-ing" a Nintendo Wii: