Hi, and welcome to Semafor Tech, a twice-weekly newsletter from Reed Albergotti and me that gives an inside look at the struggle for the future of the tech industry. I’ve spent the last few months obsessing over one of the most underappreciated labor forces in artificial intelligence: data annotators. They’re the people teaching chatbots how to recognize racist slurs, or ensuring medical software correctly identifies a tumor.
Tech companies rarely acknowledge these workers, but over the last few years, data annotating has become a billion-dollar business employing an enormous amount of people around the world. Today, I look at what’s happening with a small group of them in China, where a remarkable organization has fought for disabled annotators to be treated with respect.
Plus, our Semafor Business colleague Bradley Saacks chats with Freshworks President Dennis Woodside about AI startups. There’s also bad news for Elon Musk’s brain implant startup, and a porn Zoom mishap involving the U.S. Federal Reserve, of all things.
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