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Amazon Mechanical Turk announces Rupee payment option

By Staff
Google Oneindia News

Bangalore, May 4 (UNI) Amazon Mechanical Turk, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, today announced that it has offered its workerforce the option to be paid in rupees for the Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) they complete successfully.

Amazon, a marketplace for work that required human intelligence use its web service to programmatically access a marketplace of 'Workers' who select and complete simple tasks called 'HITs' on the Amazon Mechanical Turk website (http://mturk.com). Requesters then embed the completed work into their software applications.

"Humans still significantly outperform the most powerful computers at completing such simple tasks as identifying objects in photographs, transcribing text, and giving their opinions," said Peter Cohen, Director of Amazon Mechanical Turk in a release here.

The company now allow humans on its rolls to be paid in Rupees.

"We hope to see lots of people in India joining this fast-growing community of people who earn money on their own terms," he said.

Amazon Mechanical Turk gives people the opportunity to earn money by working from home (or anywhere there is an Internet-connection), whenever they want, and using the skills they already have.

Many Workers are students, stay-at-home parents, or people that like to earn supplemental income in an easy and even fun way. Since Amazon Mechanical Turk's beta launch in November 2005, tens of millions of HITs have been completed by more than 100,000 Workers from more than 100 different countries, a company release said.


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