Dec 20, 2016 - The options before Cyrus Mistry

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Sree Vijaykumar
Sree Vijaykumar
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Is there a real-world Skynet, designed to enslave humans with menial labour? Amazon's Mechanical Turk (and similar efforts by Microsoft and others) let companies break jobs into smaller tasks and offer them to people across the globe. A common technique for teaching AI systems to perform tasks is by training them using a very large number of labeled examples. These machine learning systems are fed huge amounts of data, annotated to highlight the features of interest. These examples might be photos labeled to indicate whether they contain a dog or written sentences that have footnotes to indicate whether the word "bass" relates to music or a fish. This process of teaching a machine by example is called supervised learning and the role of labeling these examples is commonly carried out by Turkers and other online workers. Even Facebook had a human news team teach an algorithm for its Trending News section. The entire team was fired once the algorithm was deemed ready (quite mistakenly as proven by the 'fake news' problem). The big question is if Amazon (and others) are democratizing work or exploiting the disempowered? More in this piece.

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