[ExI] Amazon's Mechanical Turk, and the REST...

Amara Graps amara at amara.com
Thu Sep 13 05:32:16 UTC 2007


I signed up for Amazon MTurk when The Economist wrote an intriguing
article about these kinds of work schemes Winter 2005-Spring 2006 (?).
MTurk sent a notice to users about Steve Fossett last Sunday; It is a
special situation. The email for that is below.

I must tell you that I have not tried it though... When I signed up,
there was not any work that looked interesting for me and also the
money earned seemed too small, and I found different extra jobs that
paid better. But what you wrote looks more interesting than when
I checked before.  I do like the concept.


Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2007 07:19:44 -0700 (PDT)
From: Amazon Mechanical Turk <mturk-noreply at amazon.com>
To: "amara at amara.com" <amara at amara.com>
Subject: Help find Steve Fossett, missing aviator

Subject: Help find Steve Fossett, missing aviator

Greetings from Amazon Mechanical Turk,

On Monday, September 3, 2007, Steve Fossett, the first person to fly 
a plane around the world without refueling and the first person to 
fly around the world in a balloon went missing in Nevada. An airplane 
he was flying failed to return. No one has any idea where he is. 
Click on the following link for the Wikipedia article: 

Through the generous efforts of individuals at several organizations, 
detailed satellite imagery has been made available for his last known 

HITs have been created to ask volunteers to help review these images 
and flag potential areas of interest which will be instrumental in 
the search and rescue efforts.  If you are interested in helping, 
please click on the following link to participate in the search 

This is a race against time and any help you can provide will make a 
huge difference.

Friends and family of Steve Fossett would like to thank you for 
helping them with this cause.


Amara Graps, PhD      www.amara.com
Associate Research Scientist, Planetary Science Institute (PSI), Tucson
INAF Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario (IFSI), Roma, Italia

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