Amazon Made Its Humans-For-Hire More Expensive, and Scientists are Angry

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a slightly bizarre service that outsources simple, repetitive tasks to strangers on the internet, often for laughably tiny sums of money. It’s popular among scientists as a means to carry out research; but recently, Amazon tweaked its pricing in a decidedly science-unfriendly manner. » 6/24/15 10:00pm 6/24/15 10:00pm

My Brief and Curious Life As a Mechanical Turk

As accomplished as modern-day computers are, there are some very basic things even the smartest machines have yet to master: tough judgment calls, advanced image recognition, making goofy faces, conducting psychological surveys. These are an assortment of tasks we humans can still claim as our own. Or at least, that… » 10/28/14 10:40am 10/28/14 10:40am