Manish Bhatia, a 29-year-old IT worker in New Delhi, recently married. To make some extra cash to support his new lifestyle, he knows where to turn: completing tasks on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, an online marketplace for chores that are done by people sitting in front of a computer.
Mechanical Turk is often touted as “artificial artificial intelligence”, or a “human cloud”. The platform has been around for more than a decade, but the types of tasks are changing as computers become smarter. Now, the workers on the human cloud are helping to train computers, which are refining their own artificial intelligence capabilities to become more human-like.
With the rise of artificial intelligence and specifically machine learning, in which machines teach themselves to recognise patterns by analysing the data they are given, the task of the trainer has become even more important.