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May 25, 2006

How to get 10,000 strangers to draw you a sheep

image from sheepmachine

The Sheep Market is one of the more interesting online art projects of recent months. Strangers were each paid two cents to draw a cartoon of a sheep. It took only 40 days to come up with...wait for it...TEN THOUSAND sheep.

The Sheep Market made use of a fascinating service from Amazon called The Mechanical Turk. It hooks up people who have a lot of tasks that are hard or impossible for computers but really easy for humans (things like "Is there a foreign car in this photo?") with people willing to perform those tasks.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at May 25, 2006 09:15 AM

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I can't be bothered with anything recently. It's not important. More or less nothing noteworthy going on right now, but I don't care. I've pretty much been doing nothing. Shrug.

Posted by: Irene at December 5, 2006 09:34 AM