cnu’s techlog

November 7, 2005

Amazon Mechanical Turk

Filed under: Internet — cnu @ 9:40 am

Amazon has started a new project called Mechanical Turk where people are assigned jobs which is difficult to be done by machines. As a reward, we can get paid by the person requesting the job. I have signed in for the program and have done 4 jobs. The jobs are easy to do – like editing the product description, editing the features listing. After the requester approves the work done, I would get the money for the HIT done.

But is there a loophole? What if the requester rejects the HIT but makes use of the job done by me. It would mean that I would not be payed for what I did. I wonder what measures Amazon have against such things.

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3 Comments »

  1. Not only it’s not efficient, but it’s also culturally insensitive, read the blog!

    Comment by Honor Gunday — November 7, 2005 @ 12:24 pm

  2. I think that is exactly what requesters are doing.

    Comment by Whisker — November 9, 2005 @ 12:38 am

  3. Currently Amazon is the only requester and they have requested thousands of HITs. It is taking some time for them to verify them.
    But if they have got the time and man power to verify each and every HIT, why don’t they do the job on their own.

    Comment by srinivasan — November 9, 2005 @ 1:12 pm


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