Ok So if you have stumbled upon this thread it was most likely, out of curiosity or boredom rather than to find out more about Mturk,
Why? because it has of yet not caused the huge revolution over here that it soon will,
weeks from now as you board the Luas to Harcourt st., your senses will be bombarded by it,
You will hear the nerdy Ty'ers on their way to town shouting phrases like;
Pronunciation Key (tûrk'ng)
1. The act of clicking on pictures on The Mechanical Turk, completing small tasks for tiny monetary compensation.
Pronunciation Key (tûrk'er)
1. One who turks. See above entry.
[taken from wiki]
The Amazon Mechanical Turk (MechTurk) is a web service by Amazon.com that enables computer programs to co-ordinate the use of human intelligence to perform tasks which computers are unable to do. "Requesters", the human beings that write these programs, are able to pose tasks known as HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks), such as choosing the best among several photographs of a storefront or writing product descriptions; "Providers" can then browse among existing tasks and complete them for a monetary payment set by the requester. To place HITs, the requesting programs use an open Application Programming Interface. As of November 15, 2005, Amazon Mechanical Turk generally pays $0.03 per HIT.
Requesters can ask that providers fulfill Qualifications before engaging a task, and they can set up a test in order to verify this. They can also accept or reject the result sent by the provider, which reflects on the provider's reputation. Currently, a requester has to have a U.S. address, but providers can be anywhere in the world. Payments for completing tasks can be redeemed on Amazon.com or be later transferred to a U.S. bank account of the provider.
The name Mechanical Turk comes from a certain chess-playing automaton of the 18th century, which toured Europe beating the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte and Benjamin Franklin, but turned out not to really be an automaton at all: a chess master hid in a special compartment controlling its operations. Likewise, the Mechanical Turk web service allows the machines of today to perform tasks they aren't yet suited for without having human help.
The service was launched on November 2, 2005, and is currently in its beta stage of development
The MechTurk is comparable in some respects to the Google Answers service offered by Google.com; however, the mechanical Turk is a more general service that can potentially help distribute any kind of work tasks all over the world. The Collaborative Human Interpreter by Philipp Lenssen also suggested using distributed human intelligence to help computer programs perform tasks that computers cannot do well. The MechTurk could be used as the execution engine for the CHI.
Several other computer systems and algorithms use distributed human intelligence, although not in such a general way as the MechTurk or the CHI. Google's PageRank algorithm obtains relevance data for web pages from the web links placed by humans everywhere. The ESP game gets people to collaborate in labeling images. The set of computer systems of an organization could be said to use humans to perform tasks the computers cannot do, although of course this is usually put the other way around.
It may sound too good to be true for most users, so I will not rage about it any longer and let the decision up to you.