Amazon's Mechanical Turk pays people to perform tasks that computers can't easily do, such as fill out opinion surveys, transcribe audiotapes and see whether items for sale have been correctly "tagged," or classified. The Mechanical Turk for which the Web site was named was a 1700s and 1800s hoax in which a supposed machine played chess (the Turk actually concealed a human chess ace). Amazon started the site to find humans to help fix problems that its automated systems couldn't.

The Mechanical Turk is now used by an array of "requestors" who want people to help them with various small tasks.

The problem here is that the pay is often literally pennies -- sometimes just a single penny to perform a task that might take a few seconds or minutes. Only you can determine whether the time you spend is worth the payoff.

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Gene   11/5/2008  

Tends not to pay well, so may not be so good for people who need a high-income, but excellent for many people around the world. <br />Easy and lots of ability to select what kind of work you want to perform.

Fast Easy Cash

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Stella   5/22/2008  

I filled out some profiles for an internet company to test their technology. I was paid $0.25 per entry but it was fast and easy and I got paid right away.

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