Amazon Mechanical Turk

Amazon's Mechanical Turk is a crowd-sourcing service that allows developers and companies to get real people to do small amounts of work that computers can't do very easily. Amazon markets the service as Artificial Artificial Intelligence, because users can use it to get results similar to very difficult to implement/create artificially intelligent machines. Human intelligence is still highly superior to a computers in many realms. Identifying context within a picture in order to tag it can be done very quickly by a human, but not at all by a computer. Mechanical Turk aims to create large and easy to assemble workforces to complete simple tasks that would otherwise be nearly impossible to finish given their overall volume.Mechanical Turk could be used to tag millions of images with appropriate labels instead of hiring temporary labor for example. It could also be used to have large texts translated into different languages. In this second situation there is a clear need for qualified workers. Amazon has taken this into account and allows companies to put potential workers through tests to see if they are qualified. Companies also have access to the work history of each worker so they may narrow their choices even more. With these measures, companies should be able to get an on demand resizable workforce by simply defining their human Intelligence task (HIT) through Mechanical Turk and setting a wage per task. Amazon will then takes a 10% cut.
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Amazon Mechanical Turk News and Updates

A Bot Panic Hits Amazon Mechanical Turk

Concerned social scientists turned their analytical skills onto one of their most widely used research tools this week: Amazon's Mechanical Turk.

Amazon Mechanical Turk Blogs

Amazon Mechanical Turk @ HCOMP 2019

Members of MTurk team will be attending the the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP 2019) in Skamania, Washington from October 28th through October 30th. HCOMP is the premier venue for disseminating the latest r…

New Feature for the MTurk Marketplace

Workers can now see Requester activity level, approval rate and average payment review time. One of the things we have heard from Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) Workers is that they want more transparency around Requesters on the marketplace. The MTurk Worker site has always provided basic Requester…

Getting Started with Surveys on MTurk

MTurk is a great way to get fast, and more reliable responses to your survey or study and many sectors of the economy are able to leverage MTurk survey functionality. The private sector uses MTurk to gain consumer insights to guide business decisions or to conduct market research and customer prefer…

MTurk Worker Daily Goals Dashboard

We all set goals around increasing our income but this is easier to do with the right information and tools. Workers have told us that they want better visibility into tracking their earnings over the course of the day. MTurk is happy to announce that we have launched a new Daily Goal Tracker design…

Amazon Mechanical Turk Workers in 23 countries outside of the US can now transfer their earnings…

Amazon Mechanical Turk Workers in 23 countries outside of the US can now transfer their earnings to bank accountsAmazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is excited to announce new functionality that enables MTurk Workers in 23 countries outside of the US to transfer their earnings to a bank account. Thousand…

Qualifications and Worker Task Quality Best Practices

Qualifications and Worker Task QualityAmazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) Requesters consistently tell us that using Qualifications is one of the most effective strategies for optimizing the quality of results on Amazon MTurk. So, if you’re an MTurk Requester and unfamiliar with how to implement Qualific…
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Amazon Mechanical Turk Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who are Amazon Mechanical Turk competitors?

    Competitors of Amazon Mechanical Turk include Staples, CoachMe and 12Twenty.