Artificial Artificial Intelligence Tries To Track Down Steve Fossett
from the finding-a-needle-in-a-haystack dept
In this instance, using simple coordination mechanisms, human intelligence becomes an economic way to solve a hard problem -- which is exactly the rationale behind Amazon's Mechanical Turk. We have seen projects using other hooks and mechanisms to leverage human intelligence, like Recaptcha for OCRing books, and the ESP game for tagging images -- and even the Techdirt Insight Community, which is bringing you this post. On a grander scale, Amazon's Mechanical Turk is trying to be a platform for "artificial artificial intelligence", though so far the success stories for MTurk have been minor. Even in this case, it's not entirely clear how useful it is (or how they got the latest satellite imagery ready to go for this task). In fact, while there are fairly stunning reports that, in searching for Fossett, the remains of eight other plane crashes have been discovered -- it doesn't sound like any of them were found via Mechanical Turk and Google Earth. Still, with all this talk about mashing up web services and better artificial intelligence, perhaps it's time we start thinking about more effective and efficient ways of leveraging human intelligence?