Computing the incomputable with human processing units

Jonathan Corney, Gokula Vijayumar Annamalai Vasantha, Andrew Lynn, Ananda Prasanna Jagadeesan, Nuran Acur Bakir, Marisa Smith, Anupam Agarwal

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Abstract / Description of output

Initially commercial crowdsourcing services (such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk) were focused largely on providing micro-labor services for tasks such as image labeling and text processing. However it is becoming increasingly apparent that these services can also be regarded as providing parallel, on-demand, networks of (so-called) ‘Human Processing Units’ (HPUs). Such services are able to provide specialist computational facilities in a manner analogous to the way Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) support the specialist process of high speed rendering. This paper describes how this new technology could extend the functionality of mechanical CAD/CAM or PLM systems. Crucial to the commercial feasibility of such systems is the ability to access networks of HPUs where engineering data can be processed securely (unlike open crowdsourcing sites such as mTurk). The paper reports the initial results of work done to establish the feasibility of a proposed architecture for integrating HPUs into desktop CAD that uses established BPO centers in rural India to provide a secure source of geometric intelligence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecond International Conference, IITM 2013
EditorsAnupam Agrawal, R.C. Tripathi, Ellen Yi-Luen Do, M.D. Tiwari
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783642374623
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2013

Publication series

NameCommunications in computer and information science

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • computing
  • human processing units
  • amazon’s mechanical turk
  • commercial crowdsourcing services
  • HPUs
  • text processing
  • graphics processing units
  • GPUs
  • crowdsourcing
  • BPO


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