Amazon provide a service called Mechanical turk, it's a crowdsourcing internet marketplace which enables individuals or companies (requesters) to place requests for tasks that computers cannot currently do and for workers (providers) to complete those tasks.
Originally setup as an internal service to identify duplicate web pages on Amazon.com it went public in 2005.
Some examples of over 200,000 tasks currently available are;
Searching for digital version of old manuscripts
Coming up with slogans for T-Shirts
Counting the number of petrol stations in a satellite image!
Copying text from business cards
Labelling objects in a photo
These HITs or Human Intelligence Tasks pay anywhere from 1 cent per task to currently around 57 US dollars for transcribing and tagging video.
I understand that unless you have a US bank account, payment is in Amazon gift vouchers. As Christmas is fast approaching in these austere times, it might be worth a look, especially if you have a specific online skills. Or it might just be a voluntary digital sweat shop! Who knows?
Are you a Turker?
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