As AI Destroys Search Results, Google Fires Workers in Charge of Improving It

As AI Destroys Search Results, Google Fires Workers in Charge of Improving It

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Beata Zawrzel / NurPhoto via Getty / Futurism "This is what AI work looks like when workers have no say in the process." Beata Zawrzel / NurPhoto via Getty / Futurism Enshittification Amid a massive wave of tech company layoffs in favor of AI, Google is firing thousands of contractors tasked with making its namesake search engine work better. As Vice reports , news of the company ending its contract with Appen — a data training firm that employs thousands of poorly paid gig workers in developing countries to maintain, among other things, Google’s search algorithm — coincidentally comes a week after a new study found that the quality of its search engine’s results has indeed gotten much worse in recent years. Back in late 2022, journalist Cory Doctorow […]

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