O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference - March 3-6, 2006 - San Diego, CA
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Session

Artificial, Artificial Intelligence: What It Is and What It Means for the Web

L. F. (Felipe) Cabrera, Ph.D., Lead Technical Executive, Amazon Web Services

Date: Tuesday, March 07
Time: 9:30am - 9:45am
Location: Elizabeth Ballroom ABCD

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. When we think of interfaces between human beings and computers, we usually assume that the human being is the one requesting that a task be completed, and the computer is completing the task and providing the results. What if this process was reversed and a computer program could ask a human being to perform a task and return the results? What if it could coordinate many human beings to perform a task? That is the mission of Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT). By providing a web services API for computers to integrate "artificial, artificial intelligence" directly into their processing, AMT is already sparking new businesses and software applications that were not possible before due to the cost to access a vast network of humans. Amazon Web Services VP of Software Development Felipe Cabrera will describe the inspiration for Mechanical Turk, what Amazon has seen since launching the technology, and what Amazon expects for the future of artificial artificial intelligence.


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