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Programming with people: Fancy Hands lets developers add human workers to apps

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Nov
2013

Eight years ago, Amazon revolutionized the way companies could draw on human labor by creating its Mechanical Turk platform. With MTurk, as it is sometimes known, workers could be delivered the same way Amazon sold computing resources through its AWS division: on demand, via the cloud, and in a way that was capable of scaling up and down with ease. The only drawback was that Mturk was largely limited to simple human intelligence tasks, or as critics called them, SHITS. In recent years, however, there has been a push to evolve the capabilities of the field known as crowd computing: a mix of human and machine intelligence capable of executing more complex tasks.

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