Found this site amazonturkcontent-com in my referrer logs.
It's interesting that Amazon is wanting people to "Judge the sentiment expressed by the following item toward: John Donahoe" but John Donahoe is an Amazon competitor (in his mind maybe), so i suppose that's the reason for the hit they put out on him.
Possibly this is how companies solicit dirty deeds to be done?
"Reporting valid search links as spam to get rid of embarASSing content? Thumbing down YouTube videos? Shilling forum content? The possibilities seem to be unlimited. Judging from the payout per HIT as Amazon calls them, it will take a lot of hits just to earn a dollar."
Considering this website recently blocked a slew of foreign countries, and problem IP's, it's possible that ended a bunch of individuals from earning hit money.
Are you a shark? Or a minnow about to be eaten?
Here's some info about Mechanical Turk.
Launched in 2005, Mechanical Turk takes its name from The Turk, an eighteenth-century chess-playing “machine”. The Turk appeared to beat its opponents using a complex clockwork mechanism; in fact, a chess master was hidden inside, pulling the strings.
Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos’ update on the concept doesn’t try to conceal the human intelligence powering the machine. In fact, human intelligence – humans behaving like machines behaving like humans, in fact – is what he is selling.
The business is straightforward. Employers can use the platform to offer simple tasks that still require carbon-based life forms to complete and reach a potential workforce of anyone with an internet connection, in return for a small wage. When a Mechanical Turk worker, or “Turker”, accepts a task, they complete it within an allotted time then wait for the employer to transfer the wage into their bank or Amazon account.
Typically, tasks pay from a couple of cents to a couple of dollars. Studies suggest that Turkers can earn between $1.20 and $5.00 an hour for this independent contract work.
In the eight years since its creation, Mechanical Turk has grown into a huge platform: it now has over half a million workers, of which fifty per cent are from the United States and forty per cent are from India.
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