Amazon Mechanical Turk

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 services API to submit tasks to the Amazon Mechanical Turk web site, approve completed tasks, and incorporate the answers into their software applications.

I’d love to be able to make part of revenue researching and answering questions. Problem is, with the prices they offer so far, you’ll be lucky if you can make 4-8$ an hour. Seems like after years of various people trying to crack the micropayment formula, Amazon is now bringing us micro-outsourcing where any third world person with access to the web can log in and start churning out answers for 3 cents a pop.

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