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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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On Amazon's platform Mechanical Turk, operating at a global level, only a fourth of the "click workers" are full time workers (HITLIN, 2016).
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Although Mechanical Turk has been increasingly utilized effectively in social science research and has demonstrated validity, there are limitations to its use in this study (Buhrmester et al, 2011; Mason & Suri, 2012).
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Taking on simple tasks--writing user reviews and answering business surveys, for instance--on Amazon's Mechanical Turk service is a simple way to make money on the side.
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The workshop brought together 31 attendees from industry and academia, with a strong representation from universities (42 percent of the attendees), the largest crowdsourcing customers like Google, Microsoft, and Xerox (39 percent of the attendees), and the leading crowdsourcing platforms like Amazon's Mechanical Turk, CrowdFlower, Galaxyzoo, reCAPTCHA, and Mobile-works (19 percent of the attendees).

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