Computers, Programming, Technology, Web Programming

Amazon Mechanical Turk

It’s so crazy it just might work.

I heard about AMT a while ago and thought it looked cool. But not much was happening with it. Well now it’s beginning to take off more and it might be usable in my language app.

It’s essentially a work marketplace wrapped in a web service API. Your application creates a job request (called a Human Intelligence Task) which someone then completes with the result being sent back to your application. So far it’s commonly used for processing lots of small tasks (for example there’s one about verifying info about some restaurants that only pays $0.03 but there are over two thousand individual tasks available), but it can be used for anything.

The relevance is that it might be possible to get people to record audio for the language app through it.

Amazon Mechanical Turk.

Amazon, web services, Amazon Mechanical Turk

4 thoughts on “Amazon Mechanical Turk

  1. I wonder if Google are creating a competitor? Surely this is a good candidate for someone’s 20% time… an extension of Google Answers perhaps…


Leave a Reply to Oliver Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s