Amazon’s Mechanical Turk

This is extreme outsourcing: Artificial Artificial Intelligence from Amazon. In some ways this is rather wonderful – the acknowledgement that there are some things that humans will be able to do better than computers for the foreseeable future, combined with an easy way for people to get paid for doing them.

On the other hand, there’s something spooky about computer programs being able to invoke actions by humans and return a result when the human has completed the task…

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