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ACM Queue: AI Gets a Brain

Acm_queue_turk The newest issue of the ACM Queue contains an article that I co-wrote with Felipe Cabrera (VP of Software Development at Amazon). The article, “AI Gets a Brain“, covers the fundamental concepts behind the Amazon Mechanical Turk.

We start off with a historic review of the original Mechanical Turk (covered in depth in Tom Standage’s book, The Turk). From there we cover the genesis of Amazon’s development work, including an in-depth look at the types of internal tasks that we wanted to use it for. We proceed to look at the various Mechanical Turk objects and data structures, and the system workflow. We end by envisioning some possible uses for the system, and wrap up with a look toward the future.

The print and PDF editions of this issue also contain an interview with Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon. Werner has a great blog, All Things Distributed.

— Jeff;