An article in the NY Times examines Amazon's Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing system. The system allows people to provide very small tasks that computers can't do themselves - e.g. spot a traffic sign in a photo on a site.

An article in the NY Times examines Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing system. The system allows people to provide very small tasks that computers can’t do themselves – e.g. spot a traffic sign in a photo on a site. The Times says:

Harnessing the collective wisdom of crowds isn’t new. It is employed by many of the “Web 2.0” social networks like Digg and Del.icio.us, which rely on human readers to select the most worthwhile items on the Web to read. But creating marketplaces of mercenary intelligences is genuinely novel.

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