What is Amazon Mechanical Turk?

Last updated: 2020-10-30

What is Amazon Mechanical Turk?

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Amazon Mechanical Turk is a forum where Requesters post work as Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs). Workers complete HITs in exchange for a reward. You write, test, and publish your HIT using the Mechanical Turk developer sandbox, Amazon Mechanical Turk APIs, and AWS SDKs.

Here are some common tasks posted by Requesters:

  • Localization and transcription services
  • Audio editing
  • Information gathering tasks (surveys)
  • Machine learning

To set up your AWS account and develop solutions using the Mechanical Turk web service, see Setting up accounts and tools. For other common scenarios and resources, see Common use scenarios.


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