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How Fiverr and Online Gig Platforms Create Competition - The Atlantic
. Decades ago, the only companies that outsourced work overseas were multinational corporations with the resources to set up manufacturing shops elsewhere. Now, independent businesses and individuals are using the power of the internet to find the cheapest services in the world too, and it’s not just manufacturing workers who are seeing the downsides to globalization. All over the country, people like graphic designers and voice-over artists and writers and marketers have to keep lowering their rates to compete
gig-economy  global  economy  mechanical-turk 
september 2018 by jomc
Tips For Requesters On Mechanical Turk: The BOT problem on Mturk
In an academic setting, 95% is an A. In a professional setting, 95% is abysmal. Many studies are published on Mturk using 80-95% and some using no qualifications at all. Your study WILL fill using 99% and above if you pay a fair wage.
research  methods  academia  mechanical-turk  amazon  mturk  bots  automation 
august 2018 by jomc
"The 2016 U.S. presidential election coincided with the rise the “alternative right” or “alt-right”. Although alt-right associates wield considerable influence on the current administration, the movement’s loose organizational structure has led to disparate portrayals of its members’ psychology. We surveyed 447 alt-right adherents on a battery of psychological measures, comparing their responses to those of 382 non-adherents. Alt-right adherents were much more distrustful of the mainstream media and government; expressed higher Dark Triad traits, social dominance orientation, and authoritarianism; reported high levels of aggression; and exhibited extreme levels of overt intergroup bias, including blatant dehumanization of racial minorities. Cluster analyses suggest that alt-right supporters may separate into two subgroups: one more populist and anti-establishment and the other more supremacist and motivated by maintaining social hierarchy. We argue for the need to give overt bias greater empirical and theoretical consideration in contemporary intergroup research."
preprint  psychology  personality  alt-right  social-psychology  mechanical-turk 
august 2018 by tsuomela
Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras - The New York Times
For technology to be effective, it doesn’t always have to work. Take China’s facial-recognition glasses....The system remains more of a digital patchwork than an all-seeing technological network. Many files still aren’t digitized, and others are on mismatched spreadsheets that can’t be easily reconciled. Systems that police hope will someday be powered by A.I. are currently run by teams of people sorting through photos and data the old-fashioned way...He described the approach as a panopticon, the idea that people will follow the rules precisely because they don’t know whether they are being watched.
china  surveillance  panopticon  face-detection  mechanical-turk 
july 2018 by jomc
What if people were paid for their data? - Data workers of the world, unite
“artificial intelligence” is something of a misnomer. Messrs Weyl and Posner call it “collective intelligence”: most AI algorithms need to be trained using reams of human-generated examples, in a process called machine learning. Unless they know what the right answers (provided by humans) are meant to be, algorithms cannot translate languages, understand speech or recognise objects in images. Data provided by humans can thus be seen as a form of labour which powers AI
ai  labor  mechanical-turk  wages-for-facebook 
july 2018 by jomc
Ask HN: What problem in your industry is a potential startup? | Hacker News

MTurk itself is not perfect and could use many improvements. Amazon has been absent from the project itself for a long time and provides minimal support and there is a lot of criticism over them changing their fee structure in a few weeks that may or may not lead to a decrease in tasks and/or pay.

fasouto on June 29, 2015 [-]

There are a couple of alternatives: and

umeshunni on June 29, 20...
business-models  business-ideas  business  ideas  startup  hn  mechanical-turk 
april 2018 by hellsten
The Unknown, Poorly Paid Labor Force Powering Academic Research - Motherboard
Even if the contractors on MTurk are paid ethically, it's not clear whether the data they provide is skewing researchers' findings.

As political scientists Kathleen Searles and John Barry Ryan wrote in the Washington Post, it's definitely reasonable to use MTurk to gather data in certain circumstances. The trouble is knowing when. Even when it's appropriate, it's important not to oversell the results because "studies using MTurk do not always lead to the same conclusion as those using national samples," they said.
amazon  mechanical-turk  research  academia 
april 2018 by jomc
Prodigy - Radically efficient machine teaching
An active learning-powered annotation tool for named entity recognition, text classification, object detection, image segmentation, A/B evaluation and more.
annotation  training  crowdsource  labeling  deep-learning  mechanical-turk  tool  software  data  data-collection  collection 
february 2018 by nharbour
Tutorial: Getting great survey results from MTurk and SurveyMonkey
MTurk is a great way to get fast responses to your survey or study but it works a little differently from traditional survey services. Today, we’re going to talk about how to manage the results of…
mechanical-turk  mturk  tips  advice  survey  surveys 
december 2017 by nharbour
Getting Started with Surveys and Market Research – Amazon Mechanical Turk – Medium
With Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk), you can recruit participants from MTurk’s large and diverse base of Workers for your survey or online research study. Here is a brief summary of the most common…
mechanical-turk  survey  tutorial 
november 2017 by nharbour
Amazon Mechanical Turk - Welcome
The online market place for work. We give businesses and developers access to an on-demand scalable workforce. Workers can work at home and make money by choosing from thousands of tasks and jobs.
ai  machine-learning  training  mechanical-turk  crowdsourcing  dataset  creation 
september 2017 by nharbour

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