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Jim Jones on the Turkee Gem

Jim Jones, creator of the Turkee Gem, will be gracing us with his presence to talk about integrating Amazon Mechanical Turk with Rails. Here's what he has to say:

Amazon's Mechanical Turk has long been used for scientific surveys and image classification. But it has a much greater potential. We'll explore the creative possibilities of Mechanical Turk including story creation, testimonials, production descriptions, and the testing of product ideas. I will demonstrate the basics of the service that will allow you to begin testing and iterating on ideas quickly. We'll conclude the presentation by showing an advanced example of integrating with Rails and Mechanical Turk utilizing the Turkee gem. Mechanical Turk could quickly become your swiss army knife for getting your project off the ground.

This might be a bit on the more advanced spectrum of speakers we have, but I think it's going to be great. So thanks Jim and Manilla.com. Also big shout out to LevoLeague for hosting us and sponsoring pizza. See everyone then!

Again, we're only charging $5 to make sure that the RSVP list is meaningful and you actually show up because we have to limit capacity to 40 people. Email me ([masked]) with any questions. PS - Proceeds from the meetup will be donated to Diaspora. Super excited about this meetup!

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  • Robert B.

    The talk gave a solid intro and demo of what turkee can do and how it can be leveraged to do some very interesting things. I might have a use for it in the near future so it was definitely helpful.

    July 27, 2012

  • Jason L.

    I truly learned a lot.

    July 27, 2012

  • Jim J.

    There's two services that you should evaluate for plagurism, Plagium and Copyscape. Both have APIs. Neither are built on MT but either should be used to validate free form content submitted by Turkers to ensure that it's original. And thanks for the kind words. I had a blast doing the presentation and meeting everyone.

    July 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to Jim Jones and all the organisers for a great meetup tonight. Very informative. Jim mentioned a service (built on Mechanical Turk I think) for detecting plagiarism. Does anyone remember what the name was? I'm drawing a blank on Google...

    July 26, 2012

  • Avi F.

    Inspiring talk that demonstrates the power of Mechanical Turk and integrating it into a rails app via the Turkee gem. Thanks Jim!

    July 26, 2012

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