Friday, November 11, 2005

Amazon have released a beta of their Amazon Mechanical Turk. The idea is that they will use their micropayment system to reward people for completing tasks that computers are bad at. Their example involves classifying images: the user has to select which phot best represents a buisness on a high street.

For the programmer, there's an API that you can use to add new items to the processing queue. And there seem to be various methods to validate that you're getting back useful information (and not a link to a network of bots). However, some people have raised concerns that this system could be used to defeat the "What words are in this picture" anti-spam measures that are used by Blogger and others.

It's a fascinating idea though.

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