Friday, November 04, 2005

get rich... slowly

you know me - i'm always on the lookout for get-rich-quick schemes. this one reminds me of my method for almost-guaranteed returns at the roulette table. check this out: amazon has a new service (not working very well yet) called mechanical turk that allows you to do simple tasks for money. the reason this works is that the tasks are (a) small; (b) extremely easy for humans; and (c) extremely hard for computers. a lot of the tasks involve choosing the best picture from a list of possibilities (i.e. "which picture has a pizza parlor in it?") - those tasks go for $0.03 each. more involved tasks might be to write a product description for a certain automotive part (reviewed by a human later on) for $0.60 or so. basically, it amounts to far less than minimum wage, but an oh-so-compelling way to spend a bit of free time in these tough economic times of ours.

speaking of amazon, here's my wish list, in no particular order.

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