The demand for data labeling in the artificial intelligence industry — tagging videos, sorting photos, and transcribing audio in order to train AI — has created a massive need for cheap labor, leading data-labeling platforms such as Appen to hire low-pay workers in countries like Venezuela, the Philippines, and Kenya to do these tasks. In […]
Why do we keep what we keep — and who decides? An archivist digs and collects longreads on how objects and materials shape public memory.
“What if we took each sourdough selfie, each Zoom class, each Peloton ride, each Netflix binge and mapped the ecology of resources and services that have made it possible for some of us? And at the same time impossible for others?” On pandemic maps and the Great Pause.
“Molly Burhans wants the Catholic Church to put its assets—which include farms, forests, oil wells, and millions of acres of land—to better use. But, first, she has to map them.”
“Social media platforms are sucking a generation into a misinformation rabbit hole.”
4,998 inmates died in U.S. jails without getting their day in court. Reuters investigates the fatalities in America’s biggest jails.
An internal memo from fired data scientist Sophie Zhang explains how Facebook knew that politicians around the world were engaged in “inauthentic activity” on the social network in order to manipulate voters.
“Even just the graph of events, I can see that you start heading out from work on Fridays at 2 p.m … Like, if I wanted to assassinate you, this would be absolutely perfect.”
In 2002, still reeling from the dot-com crash, Google realized they’d been harvesting a very valuable raw material — your behavior.
The science of medicine is based on male bodies, but researchers are beginning to realize how vastly the symptoms of disease differ between the sexes — and how much danger women are in.