Wonders of the Internet: Amazon and the Mechanical Turk

Today I stumbled upon Amazon’s answer to outsourcing, the Mechanical Turk. The Turk and its human helpers will complete small and boring jobs (HITs or Human Intelligence Tasks) that require some kind of human tending. In the giant scheme of all things monetary, it will be cheap.

Amazon’s page reads like the flyers under the wipers: Earn Lots of Money in Your Spare Time!

Techcrunch’s take

And make sure to check out Richard MacManus’s top ten list of Web 2.0 tasks he wants The Turk to do (at Read/Write Web ).

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