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How the AI industry profits from catastrophe

43 mins | May 7, 2022
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Venezuela's pseudo-financial revival might be based on ambiguous practices. As the demand for data labelling exploded, hyperinflation, mass emigration, and state-level corruption turned Venezuela into ground zero for a new model of labour exploitation. For Venezuelans, it's about survival; for the AI industry is about cheap labour, resembling colonial times. Karen Hao and Andrea Paola Hernández take a closer look at this fascinating but highly complex case.

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