Turking is a term that refers to crowds of people who perform tasks that computers don't do well, such as picking details out of images. If a city government wants to count the number of parking meters covered in graffiti, for example, it can pay "Turkers" nominal amounts of money to click through thousands of photographs and tag the meters that need to be cleaned up.
Their findings will be presented this week at the
Below are just five of the many findings the research unearthed:
1 Relationships are key: Turkers like anonymity and flexibility but want decent working relationships with courteous communication. They want fair pay for fair work (decent wages, fairness in judging work, timely payment...) and respect works both ways: good requesters are prized.
2 Members on Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) see Turking as work and are primarily motivated by earning.
3 Earnings vary but Turking is low wage work: high earners on
4 Workers aspire to earn at least
5 Many Turkers choose AMT because they cannot find a good 'regular' job or need other income. Some are housebound; others are in circumstances where Turking is one of the few options to earn.
To learn more about the paper, read a recent post by Martin on a crowdresearch blog .
Since the invention of Xerography 75 years ago, the people of
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