Amazon Mechanical Turk

The Mechanical Turk

For those who never heard about the “Mechanical Turk” before you might be wondering what this is.

Amazon (the “Mechanical Turk” is an Amazon company) describes it like this:

“Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing marketplace that makes it easier for individuals and businesses to outsource their processes and jobs to a distributed workforce who can perform these tasks virtually.

This could include anything from conducting simple data validation and research to more subjective tasks like survey participation, content moderation, and more. MTurk enables companies to harness the collective intelligence, skills, and insights from a global workforce to streamline business processes, augment data collection and analysis, and accelerate machine learning development.”

In reality in the beginning you just get cents for short surveys or simple tasks (mark something in a picture, transcribe Audio files, tag objects and more. Some tasks have specific requirements, often you need a certain amount of completed tasks in order to qualify for higher (better paying) tasks.

While often it’s really low pay my approach is as follows: When I sit somewhere and wait (doctor’s office, waiting for friends, waiting for anything) I’ll complete a few tasks in the meantime. At the end of the month I had an extra 50 Dollars in my account that I all completed while waiting somewhere or watching TV. Not too bad!

You won’t get the big bucks here but it’s (mostly) easy work that can be done almost everywhere.

Amazon Mechanical Turk – link for workers

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