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Amazon Mechanical Turk + Slot machines

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The Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing Internet marketplace that enables individuals and businesses to coordinate the use of human intelligence to perform tasks that computers are currently unable to do

Slot machines are gambling machines that requires 0 skills to use.

Why not combine the two?

Have people slot machines spin every time a user completes a mturk task. Part of the profit is taken for the spinning of the machine, and part of it is given to the gambler.

This way even if they do not win, at the very least at the end of the session the might be able to afford a small drink.

Of course, ideally they should just skip that, and go straight to Mturk directly.

mofosyne, Dec 09 2014


       I think that instead of using slot machines to entice people to work at a site like Mturk, you would have better luck getting the slot machine customer to hire The Mechanical Turks to do something for them. Real wages (penny s per task) are so low on the site that, they really do not need more workers.   

       The favorite "make 20 pulls on the slot machine and I will take off another piece of my clothing" is a place to start. ( The Mturk site doesn't allow stripping and two dozen other things, but some sites may.)   

       "Let me take all those chips to the cashier and bring you back a drink, BOSS."
popbottle, Dec 10 2014


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