Have you heard of MTurk??

Are you Tech Savvy looking for some simple side projects utilizing your talents for money?  

Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing marketplace that allows Individuals and Businesses to outsource jobs to people who can perform tasks virtually. The only requirement to complete tasks and collect payment from Requesters is a computer connected to the Internet and to be at least 18-years-old.

Tasks could include: 

  • simple data validation 
  • research 
  • survey participation
  • content moderation

MTurk harnesses the intelligence, skills, and insights from a global workforce to streamline business. This helps solve specific internal data processing problems that require human judgment and intelligence, such as moderating content or research. 

Traditionally, companies had to hire a large expensive workforce to complete these tasks.  Mturk is a way to break down a manual, time-consuming project into micro-tasks called HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks) to be completed by workers over the Internet.

How it works:

  • search for HITs on the website
  • accept HITs that meet your knowledge criteria and schedule
  • complete HIT within specified time period
  • get paid once the completed HIT is approved by the Requester

Requesters have several options for ensuring their HITs are completed in a high-quality manner prior to payment:

  • auto-approving them when they receive two answers to the same HIT that match
  • manually approving completed HITs
  • Vet workers with qualification tests to validate skill levels. Workers on the Amazon Mechanical Turk web site will build statistics based on accuracy, timeliness and number of approved HITs to give Requesters further data when hiring.

When a Requester approves a task, MTurk transfers funds to the account of the Worker who completed the task. In the U.S., workers can transfer earnings to their Amazon Payments account or to their Amazon.com gift card balance. Outside of the U.S. funds can be transferred to Amazon.com gift cards, and in some cases, transfer earnings to bank accounts.

For technical types who want to earn money in their spare time, the MTurk web site solves the problem of finding work you can do wherever and whenever you want using the skills you already possess.  To make money by completing tasks with MTurk, visit worker.mturk.com.

The legend behind “Mechanical Turk”

In 1769, Hungarian nobleman Wolfgang von Kempelen astonished Europe by building a mechanical chess-playing automaton that defeated nearly every opponent it faced. A life-sized wooden mannequin, adorned with a fur-trimmed robe and a turban, Kempelen’s “Turk” was seated behind a cabinet and toured Europe, confounding such brilliant challengers as Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon Bonaparte. To persuade skeptical audiences, Kempelen would slide open the cabinet’s doors to reveal the intricate set of gears, cogs and springs that powered his invention. He convinced them that he had built a machine that made decisions using artificial intelligence. What they did not know was the secret behind the Mechanical Turk: a chess master cleverly concealed inside. (Source: Amazon Mechanical Turk website)

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