Amazon Mechanical Turk – Integrating Artificial Artificial Intelligence into Computers!

Amazon announced a new beta web servcies called Amazon Mechanical Turk.

Today, we build complex software applications based on the things computers do well, such as storing and retrieving large amounts of information or rapidly performing calculations. However, humans still significantly outperform the most powerful computers at completing such simple tasks as identifying objects in photographs – something children can do even before they learn to speak.

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. To the application, the transaction looks very much like any remote procedure call – the application sends the request, and the service returns the results. In reality, a network of humans fuels this Artificial Artificial Intelligence by coming to the web site, searching for and completing tasks, and receiving payment for their work.

Wondering what is Turk?. Also check out Amazon Mechanical Turk FAQs and Amazon Web Services.

I could not login to the Mechanical Turk, the system is experiencing extremely heavy traffic to the beta site! Shame on Amazon!


  1. probably amazon want to give all americans a chance to earn a ‘square meal’ before rolling it out to the competitive world!

  2. Its almost 10 days since the press release and the mturk site is still down! That’s not good!

    Currently the mturk is open only to the US residents. Hope Amazon will find a way to overcome those government regulations and make it available for everyone. Then it will help everyone including Indians and Chinese. Especially those well educated Indian house wives can earn some money!

  3. I think it is a success greater than anticipated. Perhaps that is the reason that the site is experiencing so many problems.

    Great thing Amazon is perhaps more apt in my opinion. Think of all the people sitting in India and China. They can earn a square meal by working on Amazon Mechanical turk

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