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Big Tech’s Algorithms Are Built With Invisible Labor

While the mystique of tech in the United States has made most people content to believe algorithms train themselves to find our dinner reservations and sort our pictures, Jones observes the reality is that “the magic of machine learning is the grind of data labelling. Behind the cargo cult rituals of Silicon Valley is the grueling labour of sifting hate speech, annotating images and showing algorithms how to spot a cat.”