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Pop Loser #98

by Tyler Hellard

Will Tech Giants Move on From the Internet, Now We've All Been Harvested?

On the other hand, being nice to users – giving them free funky features to find art that matches their faces, as Google has recently done with its Arts & Culture app – still pays off, as it helps to fine tune existing AI. But for how long will tech firms need us to train them? The economics of data extractivism suggests that it won’t continue forever – it will stop once AI, trained with all that extracted data, works well enough. The future, in other words, belongs to the stingy, fee-charging Google of Cloud AutoML, not the generous, fee-waving Google of Arts & Culture.


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