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Even though they don't get paid or get credit for their work, AI teachers are becoming more and more important to the development of AI systems like ChatGPT. In fact, the much-touted power of AI systems depends on this secret army of $15-an-hour workers.
NBC News says that a secret army of contract workers is helping AI systems learn and make the text and images we see today. This is happening because artificial intelligence is getting better in many fields. One of these employees is Alexej Savreux, a 34-year-old from Kansas City who has worked in many different fields for many years.
Savreux and other AI trainers have devoted countless hours to improving ChatGPT and other OpenAI systems. In addition to labeling images and making predictions about the text that these AI systems should produce next, they also provide crucial training data. This important job pays $15 per hour and up, with no benefits.
“We are grunt workers, but there would be no AI language systems without it,” said Savreux, who has worked for tech startups like OpenAI. “You can design all the neural networks you want, you can get all the researchers involved you want, but without labelers, you have no ChatGPT. You have nothing.”
In the area of artificial intelligence, where the focus is on technological advances and the researchers who made them, this hard work is often overlooked. Sonam Jindal, who is the Partnership on AI's program lead for AI, jobs, and the economy, says, "A lot of the talk about AI is very positive. But we're leaving out a big part of the story: that this still depends a lot on a lot of people.
AI contract work is often unpredictable and anonymous. Employees are hired by either the company directly or by a third-party vendor that specializes in temporary hiring or outsourcing, and they work under written contracts. Tech companies usually save money because these workers don't get perks like health insurance. However, this could put the workers at risk.
The Partnership on AI has asked that contract AI workers get fair pay and better working circumstances. DeepMind, which is part of Google AI, is the only tech company that has publicly agreed to follow these rules so far. "Many people have seen how important it is to do this. "The problem now is getting companies to do it," Jindal said.