Amazon Mechanical Turk (beta)


Publication: 2013-12-23


Mechanical Turk aims to make accessing human intelligence simple, scalable, and cost-effective. Businesses or developers needing tasks done (called Human Intelligence Tasks or "HITs") can use the robust Mechanical Turk APIs to access thousands of high quality, low cost, global, on-demand workers -- and then programmatically integrate the results of that work directly into their business processes and systems. Mechanical Turk enables developers and businesses to achieve their goals more quickly and at a lower cost than was previously possible.

While computing technology continues to improve, there are still many things that human beings can do much more effectively than computers, such as identifying objects in a photo or video, performing data de-duplication, transcribing audio recordings or researching data details. Traditionally, tasks like this have been accomplished by hiring a large temporary workforce (which is time consuming, expensive and difficult to scale) or have gone undone... Pricing: * Pay only for what you use, there is no minimum or up-front fee * Amazon Mechanical Turk collects a 10% commission on top of the amount you (the "Requester") have paid someone to complete your Human Intelligence Tasks ("HITs"). The minimum commission charge is $0.005 per HIT.


Name:Amazon Web Services



  • CompaniesThe Mechanical Turk web service enables companies to programmatically access this marketplace and a diverse, on-demand workforce.

  • DevelopersDevelopers can leverage this service to build human intelligence directly into their applications. -- Developer Tools and Resources: Amazon Mechanical Turk provides tools and resources to help developers learn more about the service and be more productive. This includes code samples, libraries, tutorials, technical documentation and release notes. Find them in our Resource Center: