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Amazon's Mechanical Turk

(via Jon Gallants Blog)

With all the automation and workflow tools and applications available there is often a need to get a human involved to complete the process - step in Amazon's Mechanical Turk. This allows you to create an interaction with a human via an Amazon WebService API! You pay upon completion of the task, Amazon cream off 10% of the task fee and your workflow resumes after some human intelligence has been applied - simple!

I particularly liked the tag they came up with "Artificial Artificial Intelligence"

What is it? Found out more here

Still in beta but I think this is an excellent service - we have already thought about how this sort of model fits our business processes and have identified a fit already!

Looks like US residents only (as you need a US bank account) - does anyone know about using this service or availability in other countries?

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