Google hired microworkers to train its controversial Project Maven AI

According to a new report by The Intercept Google hired an economic businessman to help build a controversial artificial intelligence program that the company paired with the Pentagon. Through crowdsourcing costume companies called

(Figure 8), people can hardly afford a dollar for an hour or so of seemingly foolish things. Whether an individual identifies an object with an image like CAPTCHA or other simple tasks, the worker has helped educate Google's AI, which is part of a Pentagon initiative known as Project Maven.

Project Maven is the intent of the Pentagon project to differentiate people and objects from thousands of hours of unmanned aircraft images using computer learning and artificial intelligence. By using these crowdsourced microworkers, Google was able to use them to teach algorithms to run ways to distinguish objects from humans and objects around.

According to The Intercept these workers were either profitable or they were building.

In June, Google said it had decided not to renew its contract with the Department of Defense regarding Project Maven after 3,000 employees protested the company's involvement in the initiative and signed the petition. This negotiation is scheduled to end in March 2019.

Figure 8, formerly known as Crowdflower, is one of the largest platforms for hiring micro-workers. On its Web site, Figure Eight says that its platform "combines human intelligence with state-of-the-art models to create the highest quality training data for machine learning (ML) projects." By working with these micro-worker outfits, Google provides the comments, judgments, and labels that are needed to quickly and cost-effectively "

" upload your data to our platform and build accurate truth truths in the model. "

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