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A Bot Panic Hits Amazon Mechanical Turk | WIRED
After noticing an uptick in low-quality survey responses on Amazon Mechanical Turk, researchers wondered if bots were to blame.
MechanicalTurk  Amazon  research  critique  bot  review  Wired  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
The rise of 'pseudo-AI': how tech firms quietly use humans to do bots' work | Technology | The Guardian
Bloomberg highlighted the plight of the humans spending 12 hours a day pretending to be chatbots for calendar scheduling services such as and Clara. The job was so mind-numbing that human employees said they were looking forward to being replaced by bots.
In 2017, the business expense management app Expensify admitted that it had been using humans to transcribe at least some of the receipts it claimed to process using its “smartscan technology”. Scans of the receipts were being posted to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourced labour tool, where low-paid workers were reading and transcribing them.
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august 2018 by paulbradshaw

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