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What is Remotasks and why does it exist?

Remotasks is a website that allows you to label data – images, videos, and even 3D scenes – so that the data can be used to create artificial intelligence (AI) systems. You can make money, on your own time!

How is labeled data used in artificial intelligence?


Let’s use an example. Say you wanted to teach a child — who has never seen a car before — how to identify a car in this picture below:

You’d point to the cars crossing the intersection and those in the distance and say something like, “Cars are the boxy metal things with wheels, and they are on the road.”

So, you’ve pointed out the cars and given them the “car” label. Now the child can use the information to find other cars in other pictures. They will be thinking:

  • Does it have a metal frame?
  • Does it have wheels?
  • Is it on the road?
  • Does it look like the other things that I was told are cars?

Artificial intelligence systems “learn” from the labeled data in order to make predictions on other, unlabeled, data. And once they can do that very well, they can do amazing things, like: drive a car without a human driver, identify which fruit is ready to be harvested, and recommend the most useful shopping items.

In the next section we’ll talk more about data labeling, which is what you’ll be doing to earn money.

What is data labeling?

Data labeling is when you point out objects of interest in the picture, video, or 3D scene, and give a description of what the objects are. In Remotasks, we call this “tasking.”

What are some examples of data labeling on Remotasks?

  • Drawing boxes around vehicles and labeling them as “car” or “truck”
  • Categorizing shopping items into “this is a useful search result” or “this is not relevant to my search”
  • Transcribing the text on a restaurant menu and labeling each part of the menu with a description, like “beverage option”

We’ll talk more about different types of data labeling shortly!

You need to complete training on a project before you can start tasking that project. Why?

Each project is different! The things that make each project unique include:

  • What kind of data are we labeling? You might see pictures, videos, and even objects represented by points in 3D space, sort of like a video game.
  • How many different labels are we finding and pointing out? Sometimes, we are looking to label just a few types of things, like “person” and “car.” Sometimes, we are looking for more types of things, like 5+ types of cars and 5+ types of roadway obstacles. Other times, we are labeling everything in the scene.
  • How complex are the rules for when to use each label? Sometimes instructions for a task are short and simple. Other times they are longer and have more complex guidelines on how to handle each situation differently.

Each project will be different. That’s why we provide a Training Center with project courses, which teach you how to label each project correctly. Each course also tests your understanding of the rules and requires that you show your project skills before you can start tasking – and earning money – in that project.

Courses are your key to tasking and earning money on each project

Why take courses?

We want you to do the task right (which also helps maximize your pay!). Each project has a different set of instructions, so doing the task “right” can mean something different from project to project. Some projects are very similar to each other, but they still have their differences and it is very important that you follow the specific project rules. Courses teach you how to do each project. They also assess how well you understand the instructions.

Once you pass the courses for a project, you will be able to task and earn money on that project!

How do I start tasking and earning money?

  1. Go to the “Training” tab in your Remotasks account.
  2. Pick the project type you want from the options in Content and Language, 2D, and 3D.
  3. Pick the project (for example, “Llama Cuboid”) you want to learn and complete the courses for that project to start tasking! Note that the project type you picked might have a “tools 101” course that you must complete before unlocking the project courses. These 101 courses help you learn the Remotasks interface so that you can task quickly and with high quality!

The better your quality, the higher your pay will be

IMPORTANT: To receive payment, be sure to add your payment method (for example, PayPal) in your Remotasks dashboard, under “Your Account” > “Payment”

When do I get paid?

Once you start doing tasks, your earnings will start flowing in after a couple of days. Once you are tasking regularly, payment will appear once a week. Here’s why:

  1. Task pay will be higher when your labels are higher quality (meaning, they closely follow instructions). This is why we calculate pay for each task carefully. Sometimes, we can calculate the pay for the task very quickly. Other times, it may take a few days to calculate the final amount. Generally speaking, more difficult tasks (such as LiDAR tasks) require more time – but those tasks also pay more. This is because we may ask another tasker — a reviewer — to review your task and fix anything you missed in the instructions. We calculate your pay once this review process is complete.
  2. We trigger everyone’s payout once a week. We do this on Thursday midnight UTC time. The cutoff is Tuesday midnight UTC time. In other words, if you did the task before Tuesday midnight, and we calculated the pay for that task, it will get paid out in the payout.

How much am I paid?

When we calculate pay for each task, we consider 3 things:

  1. Difficulty. How hard is this task? A categorization task is very easy and quick to do, but it may only pay a few cents. A semantic segmentation task is harder and pays more per task. A LiDAR annotation task is even harder and takes longer and pays even more. Different tasks within the same type of task can vary in difficulty, depending on, for example, the number of labels that is required.
  2. Accuracy. How good was your work? Did you label all the objects that needed to be labeled? Did you label them correctly? Was your work precise, or was it sloppy? We reward accuracy (eg, following instructions closely) — a 100% accuracy task pays much more than a 50% accuracy task.
  3. Contribution. How much of the “completed” task, or final submission, was the result of work you did? Remember that other workers and reviewers may also add and fix labels on your task if you missed something in the instructions, so you always want to follow instructions carefully to maximize pay.

You can see information about your tasks in your Task Log, which shows all your tasks, when they were done, how well they were done, and how much we paid for the task. Be sure to check out this information so that you can see if you need to brush up on instructions to improve pay!

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