Summary of “Why Big Tech pays poor Kenyans to teach self-driving cars”

“With my work that I’m doing, I believe I’m working for something that is going to help someone in future.”
Most of these firms don’t like to discuss the exact nature of their work with Samasource – as it is often for future projects – but it can be said that the information prepared here forms a crucial part of some of Silicon Valley’s biggest and most famous efforts in AI. It’s the kind of technological progress that will likely never be felt in a place like Kibera.
The course taught here is designed specifically for those wanting to go on to work at Samasource or another digital economy company.
Walls are covered in corrugated iron in a way that would be considered achingly trendy in California, but here serve as a reminder of the environment many of the workers come from: around 75% are from the slum.
Those who did like the concept worried there were too few people with the digital skills necessary to do the work to a standard the tech giants would accept.
“Very smart people in the tech world, and in the world of big philanthropy said this was a wonderful idea, but that it would never work,” Janah recalled.
There’s an obvious motivation for these companies to use workers in parts of the world where wages are rock bottom, and where locals are desperate for steady work.
Some Samasource workers are freelancers who can work anywhere, but with a webcam watching them as they work.

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