Berkeley burrito-delivery bot purported to be using 'advanced neural network' is actually remotely piloted by Colombians, who are paid $2 per hour.
Welcome to capitalism, where tech startups fake 'genius' AI using hidden POC sweatshop labor in a 'black box' to rake in profits.
"AI, games, Amazon, it's all made with magic! In our magic black box!"
"What's in it?"
"Nevermind, just eat your kale salad and let's do yoga!"
*Open box, find a sweatshop*
@silverspookgames Yep, here in Serbia I've talked to people who work or have applied to positions to be the "human AI". It's a highly demanding job, yet underpaid as hell.
@dona I bet. Yeah that's super messed up but don't doubt it for a sec.
@polymerwitch Yeah, I actually studied cognitive computing, and much 'Artificial Intelligence' especially nowadays is a scam capitalizing on mass-misinformation through sci-fi pop culture and tech hype.
Jeff Bezos' was claiming to have 'advanced AI' determining Amazon delivery payouts. Turns out, it was just stealing deliverers tips to pay them often sub-minimum wage, making Bezos' more billions.
@polymerwitch This is the incredible Amazon algorithm:
Wage + Tip > Minimum Wage
Give Tip To Jeff Bezos
Man, that was hard entrepreneurial big brain work! Algorithmic wage-theft is tough stuff
I'm gonna need my $150,000,000,000 now, Silicon Valley capitalism 'meritocracy'.
@silverspookgames literally mechanical turk
🤢 🤮 🔥
@unsuspicious Yep, same feeling here
@silverspookgames something something clockwork Turk
@silverspookgames This problem began in earnest with Amazon Turk, but I have the feeling this shit is just getting started… 🤮
@silverspookgames Jesus fucking Christ, the article is so blase about it, too. Literally nothing about how exploitative it is, it's all praise for finding a cost-effective solution and shit about how cute the robots are.
@Archmage Yeah, it's quite a telling article, and not in a good way.
@silverspookgames you would think that, even if the paper ignored the exploitativeness of it all, that they would have called the firm out for having done something that isn't nearly as technically innovative as it appears to be at a glance. This isn't "robot delivery service," it's drones with sandwiches.
I guess they are opting for a "just the facts" reporting approach. What bullshit.
@silverspookgames I seriously cannot contain my anger right now.
@silverspookgames "... and you don't have to tip." Really telling last sentence in that article.
@toadheart Yep, it is pretty damn bad.
@hcs @silverspookgames I don't think it's fair to call this fake outrage. The company claims to use "advanced AI" for its service, but they're revealed to be using cheap labour in Colombia. That's exploitative, regardless of how many Colombians also hold engineering/director positions there.
Maybe there will be upwards mobility in the company, but previous experience when I've seen this makes me skeptical.
@hcs (removed Silver Spook Games from replies because they've not responded to the thread and I'm wary of spamming them) you're right, and thanks for taking the time to discuss this. My initial assumption that this was an example of Silicon Valley exploitation was wrong. I'll do more research before jumping to conclusions like this in the future.
@silverspookgames "It's ok. We're paying them more than local minimum wage."
@silverspookgames Honestly, if they paid me 3 € an hour to listen in on people and feed lines to alexa as a part-time job, I'd think about it.
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