Digital Literacy

The Mechanical Turk.

Posted in In Class, online participation by Geoffrey Morris on November 24, 2008

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Continuing our journey through antiquity, we hit upon the story of the mechanical turk, a chess playing automaton peddled around the courts of Napoleon and other illustrious figures.  Oh yeah, and it turns out that it wasn’t really a robot, just an elaborate simulacrum hiding a chess-playing midget.

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk website is another example of artificial artificial intelligence.  You submit a task broken into manageable chunks and offer to pay a small amount for each chunk.  Check out the students’ projects on their homepages.

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