Amazon’s new Artificial Artificial Intelligence 03 Nov 2005
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Amazon’s new “Mechanical Turk” lets people answer questions that are better suited for humans than computers. These questions are called HITs.
HIT stands for Human Intelligence Task. These are tasks that people are willing to pay you to complete. For example a HIT might ask: “Is there a pizza parlour in this photograph?” Typically these tasks are extraordinarily difficult for computers, but simple for humans to answer.
Here’s a sample HIT: You are presented with the name and address of a business as well as a set of photos taken along the street where the business is supposed to be located. Your task is to identify the best photo of the business that is listed.
Pretty interesting stuff — especially from a “less software” perspective (screw the software, just let the humans do it).. Read more about it.