Amazon Mechanical Turk: Artificial AI

Kevin Kelly sent this my way, and it looked like a hoax, but I don't think it is, nor does Kevin, and the b'sphere is all over it. Amazon Mechanical Turk. From the overview: In 1769, Hungarian nobleman Wolfgang von Kempelen astonished Europe by building a mechanical chess-playing automaton…

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Kevin Kelly sent this my way, and it looked like a hoax, but I don’t think it is, nor does Kevin, and the b’sphere is all over it. Amazon Mechanical Turk. From the overview:

In 1769, Hungarian nobleman Wolfgang von Kempelen astonished Europe by building a mechanical chess-playing automaton that defeated nearly every opponent it faced. A life-sized wooden mannequin, adorned with a fur-trimmed robe and a turban, Kempelen’s “Turk” was seated behind a cabinet and toured Europe confounding such brilliant challengers as Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon Bonaparte. To persuade skeptical audiences, Kempelen would slide open the cabinet’s doors to reveal the intricate set of gears, cogs and springs that powered his invention. He convinced them that he had built a machine that made decisions using artificial intelligence. What they did not know was the secret behind the Mechanical Turk: a chess master cleverly concealed inside.

Today, we build complex software applications based on the things computers do well, such as storing and retrieving large amounts of information or rapidly performing calculations. However, humans still significantly outperform the most powerful computers at completing such simple tasks as identifying objects in photographs—something children can do even before they learn to speak.

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Google AdSense Terms Updated

There's much AdSense news today, including a new affiliate program that lets AdSense publishers make money by referring folks into AdSense, and – surprise surprise – make a buck (literally) for everyone who might download and install Google's Toolbar. But what I find fascinating are the new AdSense Terms…

There’s much AdSense news today, including a new affiliate program that lets AdSense publishers make money by referring folks into AdSense, and – surprise surprise – make a buck (literally) for everyone who might download and install Google’s Toolbar.

But what I find fascinating are the new AdSense Terms of Service, which I am just digging into (thanks Glenn). The industry seems focused on the new referral stuff, but it seems they have changed to redefine what Google finds competitive to their network – now that the company has image ads and site specific stuff, they need to start boxing out new kinds of competitors. Anyone out there fully grokked this? I plan to later this weekend….

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Holy Smokes – 2000 Posts

I've been watching the number of posts on Searchblog gradually head up to 2000, but not till I saw that the last one was # 2004 – and this # 2005 – did I realize the milestone had been reached. And, Searchblog turned two years old last month, another…

2000!I’ve been watching the number of posts on Searchblog gradually head up to 2000, but not till I saw that the last one was # 2004 – and this # 2005 – did I realize the milestone had been reached. And, Searchblog turned two years old last month, another milestone I forgot to note! Here is number 1, and here’s number 1000….

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How Might Google Use That Desktop Search and Toolbar Info?

Andrew Goodman points to this patent, which is filed by folks who work at Google (though Google is nowhere in the filing…hmmmm.) From Andrew's post: Google sees its algorithmic thinking increasingly as applying to all "placed content." This can mean organic search results, ads near organic search results, ads…

PatentAndrew Goodman points to this patent, which is filed by folks who work at Google (though Google is nowhere in the filing…hmmmm.) From Andrew’s post:

Google sees its algorithmic thinking increasingly as applying to all “placed content.” This can mean organic search results, ads near organic search results, ads or related headlines near email, or ads on content pages.

Personalization potentially creeps into the way that ads are displayed, then. That’ll eventually have a dramatic impact on the opportunities available to advertisers, and the price they may pay to gain visibility.

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Page and Brin’s 767

The Wall St. Journal – which loves this kind of stuff – has a "their's is bigger than yours" piece (reg required) about the pair's new 767 jet – which they bought for personal use. On the road, Sergey Brin and Larry Page have owned environmentally friendly hybrid vehicles…

767The Wall St. Journal – which loves this kind of stuff – has a “their’s is bigger than yours” piece (reg required) about the pair’s new 767 jet – which they bought for personal use.

On the road, Sergey Brin and Larry Page have owned environmentally friendly hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius. In the air, they apparently prefer something roomier.

Google Inc.’s two billionaire founders, both 32 years old, will soon be cruising the skies in a Boeing 767 wide-body airliner. They bought the used plane earlier this year, Mr. Page says….

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Google And the Mars Rover

Here's fun with photos: Meetup's Scott Heiferman was passing by the HQ of Honeybee Robotics – the folks who are helping NASA build the Mars Rover – and he noticed this welcome message (full photo here): A passing curiosity, I am sure….

Here’s fun with photos: Meetup’s Scott Heiferman was passing by the HQ of Honeybee Robotics – the folks who are helping NASA build the Mars Rover – and he noticed this welcome message (full photo here):

Honeybee

A passing curiosity, I am sure.

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WSJ: Amazon Launches Publisher Friendly Online Book Access

Jeff Bezos made a lot of money from his investment in Google (he was an early investor), and Amazon's A9 builds on Google's search service, but today Amazon announced it is "introducing two new programs that allow consumers to buy online access to portions of a book or to…

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Jeff Bezos made a lot of money from his investment in Google (he was an early investor), and Amazon’s A9 builds on Google’s search service, but today Amazon announced it is “introducing two new programs that allow consumers to buy online access to portions of a book or to the entire book, giving publishers and authors another way to generate revenue from their content” (quote from the Journal piece, which is behind a paid wall).

Another tidbit from the story:

While Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos wouldn’t comment specifically on the Google Print controversy, he said, “It’s really important to do this cooperatively with the copyright holders, with the publishing community, with the authors. We’re going to keep working in that cooperative vein.”

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New Yahoo Maps, APIs

Yahoo late last night announced a new set of APIs for its mapping application, and a new beta of its Maps application. Yahoo is aggressively looking to expand its participation in the mashup world with these new hooks. Notably, you can hook into local search as well…and, presumably, the…

Yahoo late last night announced a new set of APIs for its mapping application, and a new beta of its Maps application. Yahoo is aggressively looking to expand its participation in the mashup world with these new hooks. Notably, you can hook into local search as well…and, presumably, the biz model for same as well.

Update: Thanks to SEW, here’s a good overview of Yahoo’s new offering. I’m heads down on a few things today…

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Searchblog Survey Results

A whileback I asked you all to take a survey so I – and my new company FM – could get to know you better. The results are in, and I wanted to share them with you. Here they are. If you are like the typical Searchblog reader, you…

A whileback I asked you all to take a survey so I – and my new company FM – could get to know you better. The results are in, and I wanted to share them with you. Here they are. If you are like the typical Searchblog reader, you are in your early 30s, male, live in the US (on the West or East Coast), make more than 100K (wow!), have a really good job, don’t have any kids, and use the web a hell of a lot.

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