Here’s What Actually Goes into Creating Artificial Intelligence

Images courtesy the artist People could be forgiven for thinking the building of neural networks and artificial intelligence isn’t labor intensive. That these things are simply the work of creative engineers and computers alone. But as artist Sebastian Schmieg illustrates in his latest work, Segmentation.Network, there is actual human labor behind the artificial intelligence and neural networks. Not just humans dreaming up advanced algorithms, but a labor force tasked with teaching the algorithms how to think and dream. As Schmieg explains, Segmentation.Network “makes visible the hidden and often exploitative manual labor that goes into building neural networks and artificial intelligence” by playing back over 600,000 segmentations (basically, an image outline) created by crowd workers for Microsoft’s COCO image recognition dataset. The dataset is derived from photos on Flickr and is…


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