Sunday, November 28, 2021

Microsoft hired employees to listen to your Skype conversation at $ 12 an hour


Izaan Zubair
Technology writer @ WNObserver

Recently, it was also reported that not only do Microsoft have employees listening to some of your audio recordings on Skype and Cortana, in fact, these contractors are paid very low salaries and are assigned repeated tasks.

In the past few weeks, a privacy issue concerning the ability of companies to listen to users’ conversations has aroused widespread controversy around the world, as reports revealed that Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Apple will have specialized employees to listen to what you say and will be recorded on a smartphone through specific services.

According to a report by Motherboard, they make $ 12 to $ 14 an hour, copying and sorting voice commands for Cortana to over twenty subject areas, including games, e-mail, communication, events, home appliances and more.

These written recordings are used to help teach assistant Cortana to better understand speech, employees work through 200 cumbersome rating tasks per hour, three tasks per minute, or one every 18 seconds on average.

Large technology companies have recently been scrutinized on how they use human work to train their services by making them listen to what users have to say. Companies want to portray these tasks as being accomplished by AI technologies, but recent investigations have shown that there is a lot of work to do in often people with low wages.

Read also: Microsoft launches independent version of Cortana

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