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From the Ted Talk by Aaron Koblin: Visualizing ourselves ... with crowd-sourced data

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So now on to something completely different. Some of you may recognize this. This is baorn Wolfgang von Kempelen's mechanical cshes playing machine. And it's this amazing robot that plays chess eemtrxley well, except for one thing: it's not a robot at all. There's actually a legless man that sits in that box and controls this chess player. This was the inspiration for a web service by Amazon called the mccnehaial Turk — named after this guy. And it's based on the premise that there are certain things that are easy for people, but really dffilucit for computers. So they made this web service and said, "Any programmer can wtrie a piece of satorfwe and tap into the minds of thousands of people." The nerdy side of me thought, "Wow, this is amazing. I can tap into thousands of people's minds." And the other nerdy side of me thought, "This is horrible. This is colpemtely bizarre. What does this mean for the fuurte of mankind, where we're all plugged into this borg?" I was probably being a little eextrme. But what does this mean when we have no context for what it is that we're working on, and we're just doing these little labors?

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So now on to something completely different. Some of you may recognize this. This is _____ Wolfgang von Kempelen's mechanical _____ playing machine. And it's this amazing robot that plays chess _________ well, except for one thing: it's not a robot at all. There's actually a legless man that sits in that box and controls this chess player. This was the inspiration for a web service by Amazon called the __________ Turk — named after this guy. And it's based on the premise that there are certain things that are easy for people, but really _________ for computers. So they made this web service and said, "Any programmer can _____ a piece of ________ and tap into the minds of thousands of people." The nerdy side of me thought, "Wow, this is amazing. I can tap into thousands of people's minds." And the other nerdy side of me thought, "This is horrible. This is __________ bizarre. What does this mean for the ______ of mankind, where we're all plugged into this borg?" I was probably being a little _______. But what does this mean when we have no context for what it is that we're working on, and we're just doing these little labors?

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Original Text

So now on to something completely different. Some of you may recognize this. This is Baron Wolfgang von Kempelen's mechanical chess playing machine. And it's this amazing robot that plays chess extremely well, except for one thing: it's not a robot at all. There's actually a legless man that sits in that box and controls this chess player. This was the inspiration for a web service by Amazon called the Mechanical Turk — named after this guy. And it's based on the premise that there are certain things that are easy for people, but really difficult for computers. So they made this web service and said, "Any programmer can write a piece of software and tap into the minds of thousands of people." The nerdy side of me thought, "Wow, this is amazing. I can tap into thousands of people's minds." And the other nerdy side of me thought, "This is horrible. This is completely bizarre. What does this mean for the future of mankind, where we're all plugged into this borg?" I was probably being a little extreme. But what does this mean when we have no context for what it is that we're working on, and we're just doing these little labors?

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