Amazon Helps in Search for Steve Fossett
Steve Fossett, the millionaire adventurer, has been missing for days and now Amazon Mechanical Turk is being used to aid in the search. You can find all the details on the Amazon Web Services blog.
Several organizations have pulled together satellite imagery of the suspected crash zone and are asking people to look over the images and search for the plane which will measure 30 pixel wingspan and 21 pixels in length. They are requesting five to ten people to search each 256X256 pixel square to make sure nothing is missed. Time is of the essence in this matter, and the faster people work, the better.
For those unfamiliar with Amazon Mechanical Turk, it is a service of the mega-online store that lets people work on tasks that people are better suited at doing than computers, and requires a large, quickly assembled workforce.