Amazon Mturk earning can now be encashed in Indian Rupees… This is good news especially in the context of the money earned with Mturk cannot be used to buy digital content like Amazon shorts. ( Last year this restriction was not there, now due to DRM or some other reason no Digital Downloads to Third World 😦 )
Amazon Mturk is a unique service for using Humans to accomplish computational tasks that computers are bad at. To quote Amazon:
Complete simple tasks that people do better than computers. And, get paid for it.
And here is a more elobrate explanation of Mturk from the FAQ:
For software developers, the Amazon Mechanical Turk web service solves the problem of building applications that until now have not worked well because they lack human intelligence. Humans are much more effective than computers at solving some types of problems, like finding specific objects in pictures, evaluating beauty, or translating text. The Amazon Mechanical Turk web service gives developers a programmable interface to a network of humans to solve these kinds of problems and incorporate this human intelligence into their applications.
For businesses and entrepreneurs who want tasks completed, the Amazon Mechanical Turk web service solves the problem of getting work done in a cost-effective manner by people who have the skill to do the work. The service provides access to a vast network of human intelligence with the efficiencies and cost-effectiveness of computers. Oftentimes, the cost of establishing a network of skilled people to do the work outweighs the value of completing it. By turning the fixed costs into variable costs that scale with business needs, the Amazon Mechanical Turk web service eliminates this barrier and allows work to be completed that before was not economical.
For people who want to earn money in their spare time, the Amazon Mechanical Turk web site solves the problem of finding work that they can do wherever and whenever they want.
Amazon Web services in general, and Mturk in particular is a very promising technology. And the amazon’s charging model of ‘pay-by-pint’ is all set to revolutionize the web based/web scale application building/deployment/innovation.
I tried given work through the Mturk requester service and the quality of the work done is just amazing.
The rupee based payout can dramatically change the way BPO and rural computing/rural development landscape. The and the huge housewife population looking for work can be gainfully employed with exceptionally reduced risk for both the employer and the employed.
I checked out the registration process to withdraw earnings in Indian Rupee, hmmm…., you need PAN number or passport to get verified…. This is shattering my housewife gainful engagement plan. Well, when you are transnational you have to play it extremely safe. And Amazon is just doing that.
Good luck Amazon Web Services team. Good luck Mturkers.