Harry R. Schwartz

Software engineer, nominal scientist, gentleman of the internet. Member, ←Hotline Webring→.

The Mechanical Turk

Published 25 Dec 2007. Tags: art+design, computer-science, history.

Mechanical Turk

The Turk was an ingenious chess-playing “machine” devised in 1770 by Wolfgang von Kempelen. A really wonderful description of it can be found here.

The modern equivalent is Amazon’s Mechanical Turk), which uses people to perform simple tasks of object recognition.

I love fake AI.