MIX06: Artificial Artificial Intelligence: Using Amazon Mechanical Turk and .NET to Create a Create a New Breed of Web App

Posted in Conferences, Frameworks, Companies, Web Technologies, Development on March 26, 2009

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Amazon Mechanical Turk is a new Web service that allows .NET software developers to incorporate the power of human decision-making into their automated software systems. Units of work (known as HITs or Human Intelligence Tasks), qualifications necessary for workers to accept the work, and payment information for completing the work are encapsulated and uploaded to www.mturk.com where they become available to workers. After the work for a particular HIT has been completed, the requesting developer or organization approves the results, thereby releasing payment to the worker. Organizations with work to be done use a complete set of Web services (available in REST and SOAP form) to create, monitor and approve HITs, along with a Requester Tool Kit and a GUI Question Builder. Jeff from the Amazon Web Services developer relations team reviews the concepts, structure, and workflow of Amazon Mechanical Turk, presents an overview of the Requester Toolkit and works through a complete sample application to illustate how to implement each part of the Mechanical Turk workflow.

Jeff Barr
Jeff Barr is focused on furthering awareness among software developers of the opportunity to innovate and build businesses using Amazon Web Services. Launched in July 2002, Amazon Web Services exposes Amazon.com technology and product data that enables developers to build innovative and entrepreneurial applications on their own. Barr meets regularly with developers in the U.S. and internationally to introduce Amazon Web Services and to help them build businesses and applications with the program's services. He joined Amazon in August 2002 as a Senior Software Developer on the Associates team. Applications built using Amazon Web Services range from enhanced Associates sites that advertise products from the Amazon.com Web site to integrated solutions for retailers selling merchandise through Amazon.com. Developers make money by earning referral fees from their Associates sites or by charging users for the applications they build.

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