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Mechanical Turk

A subsidiary of Amazon.com that provides a Web services system that uses people to perform tasks better handled by humans than computers. Mechanical Turk is a "crowdsourcing" system, in which requesters post Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) along with the fee they will pay for their completion. Turkers (the workers) choose their HITs, do the jobs and submit the results. Examples of HITs are locating information on a document, translating foreign languages, transcribing speech, as well as comparing audio to written transcripts. For more information, visit www.mturk.com. See crowdsourcing.

Who's the Turk?
The name comes from Wolfgang von Kempelen's mechanical "Turk" in the mid-1700s, which was an expert chess player dressed up as a wooden mannequin. Defeating challengers throughout Europe, including Napoleon, the Turk sat inside a wooden cabinet wearing a robe and turban. Opening the door to reveal gears and springs inside, Kempelen fooled people into believing this was a mechanical device with artificial intelligence.
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Turning to the right, we walk between fences and cross Turker Lane to pass a flood defence barrier before our route becomes a gravel track.
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In the ILO's study, one Turker told of a requester who had blocked her "after I sent him an email suggesting politely that he could pay a tiny bit more for the work he was asking people to do.
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Antalya Governor Muammer Turker announced that some 12,000 security personnel will be deployed to provide security for the summit.
Swifts boss Darren Murphy ended up naming a goalkeeper, in German Berraat Turker, to make up the numbers.
The market wants to see the Turkish central bank raise rates, according to Turker Hamzaoglu, chief emerging-markets economist at Bank of America Corp in London.
DUNGANNON Swifts last night confirmed their fourth capture of the transfer window with the signing of former Dundalk keeper Berraat Turker.
Meanwhile in Group A, David Hogan is at second while Lukas Kleckers and Ismail Turker is at third and fourth respectively.
Target: Mutlu Aku ve Malzemeleri Sanayii AS, Metropol Motorlu Tasitlar Kiralama AS, Turker Izabe ve Rafine Sanayi AS, Mutlu Holding AS, Mutlu Plastik ve Ambalaj Sanayii AS