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Wetware as a service

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Joined: 2003-06-09

The notion that web services is all about automating machine-to-machine interactions and nothing to do with people is at last conclusively blown out of the water by Amazon Web Services' latest offering, the Amazon Mechanical Turk:

"Developers use the Amazon Mechanical Turk web services API to submit tasks to the Amazon Mechanical Turk web site, approve completed tasks, and incorporate the answers into their software applications. To the application, the transaction looks very much like any remote procedure call: the application sends the request, and the service returns the results. In reality, a network of humans fuels this artificial, artificial intelligence by coming to the web site, searching for and completing tasks, and receiving payment for their work."