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I Used An 'Anti-Turing Test' To Prove Facebook's A.I. Has A Human Helper

Arik Sosman | Posted 11.17.2015 | Technology
Arik Sosman

Facebook has recently launched a limited beta of its ground-breaking AI assistant called M. M's capabilities far exceed those of any competing AI. Facebook employee David Marcus explained that M is, in fact, human-aided. However, M itself wouldn't admit it, so I tried to expose that human element.

30 Clever Ways to Make Money Online

GOBankingRates | Posted 06.27.2015 | Money

You have no doubt heard or read about making money online with your desktop PC or laptop. You may also realize that many of these ads, whether online or tacked to a telephone pole, are bogus.

Amazon Mechanical Jerk

Zoe Chaves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Zoe Chaves

The marching orders "think like an Industrialist" and Amazon's Mechanical Turk destroyed my integrity in just an afternoon. I'm still trying to figure out the cheapest way to get it back.

Tom Friedman: A New Ayn Rand for A Dark Digital Future

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Friedman's vision is worth studying, if only because it reflects the distorted perspective of some very wealthy and influential people. In their world the problems of the many are as easily fixed as a line of code, with no sacrifice required of them or their fellow billionaires.

It's College Students vs. the Corporate Machine -- and the Machine's Winning

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

That's how the Corporate Machine works. Colleges and universities are there to generate its "inputs," intellectual and human, not to advance our collective understanding and knowledge.

Mechanical Turk: Amazon's New Underclass

Julian Dobson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Julian Dobson

Instead of hiring employees or negotiating tiresome freelance contracts, anyone who wants a job done that can be done on a computer can simply go to the market and instantly pick from a host of willing or desperate workers.

How the Unskilled Will Inherit the Economy

Alicia Morga | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alicia Morga

In the labor market most make the distinction between skilled and unskilled workers. But these terms take on different meanings in the technology job market. What is skilled?