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March 6, 2018

‘Machine learning' relies on lots of people

AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO — There's a dirty little secret about artificial intelligence: It's powered by hundreds of thousands of real people.

From makeup artists in Venezuela to women in conservative parts of India, people around the world are doing the digital equivalent of needlework — drawing boxes around cars in street photos, tagging images, and transcribing snatches of speech that computers can't quite make out.

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