Saturday, April 01, 2006

Google Plans to use mTurk to Improve Google Earth

This morning Google announced plans to use mTurk to acquire pictures of everything from ground level to add to it's Google Earth product which currently has satellite pictures of everywhere on earth. This is quite similar to the Blockview project by Amazon, only rather then using us Turkers to correct the images, Google will simply have us take them. Although exactly how much Google will pay for each picture is still up in the air, it's rumored to be 3 cents. So in order to get that Xbox 360 you've been dreaming of, you need to take 13,333 pictures or so. And you have to know the GPS coordinates of each one, and make sure that no one beats you to the punch. I suggest taking your camera up to a rural region but you should probably wait to get started until these HIT's appear, so that you know the exact instructions from Google, my guess is that they will release some sort of program that will assist you by offering you certain GPS locations near you, and then uploading the pictures for you.

Anyways, I am very excited, finally the old early beta days where you could sit for 8 hours a day doing HIT's will be back. I can't wait.

Edit: Just in case you didn't notice, Happy April Fools


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