Real People Improve Artificial Intelligence

Startup pays real people to answer questions to build better AI

How to generate the needed expert data?

To set up effective artificial intelligenceArtificial Intelligence knows many different definitions, but in general it can be defined as a machine completing complex tasks intelligently, meaning that it mirrors human intelligence and evolves with time. software, a company needs a lot of data. But what happens if you don’t have that kind of specific information about your area? A Seattle-based startup, Mighty (formerly known as Spare5) will get it for you by paying subject-matter experts to spend a few minutes answering questions or performing tasks. Some examples include finding golf aficionados for IBM, people who can describe a photo for Getty Images, and radiologists or technicians to read tumor scans.

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The company, which renamed itself to reflect a focus on training tasks, is adding three new investors as part of a US$14mil (RM62.46mil) funding round: Intel Capital, Google Ventures and Accenture Ventures. It’s unveiling partnerships with Intel and Accenture, too. Spare5 was spun out of Seattle-based VC Madrona Venture’s labs in 2014, a mobile rival to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk program, which finds workers for tasks online. Around the same time, Getty, reached out to get help categorising images in its collection. Like Getty, customers increasingly wanted Fives – the people that take on the “microtasks” – to perform brief activities that train algorithmsAn algorithm is a fixed set of instructions for a computer. It can be very simple like "as long as the incoming number is smaller than 10, print "Hello World!". It can also be very complicated such as the algorithms behind self-driving cars.. So Spare5 refocused and renamed itself around that idea.

Getting data about Golf

“There’s an arms race in training data” for , said chief executive officer Matt Bencke. IBM, with its focus on Watson products, wanted to create a chat botChatbots are computer programs which were engineered to converse in spoken or written form with humans. They are usually used in dialogue systems with a limited topic range. For example, they can answer basic customer questions or help you buy the correct train ticket. for spectators at the 2016 Masters golf tournament it sponsors. Using tablets on site or their own mobile phones, golf fans would be able to ask the botA bot is a piece of code, which does a predefined set of actions on behalf of someone. Bots are used to manage Twitter Followers, they answer email requests or order more supplies as soon a certain item runs low. questions or banter with it. The only problem? IBM couldn’t find enough annotated golf-related training data. So IBM sent Mighty a large body of information culled from the web that it thought was related to golf. Mighty found workers familiar with golf, had them tag information specific to the sport and compose questions and answers based on the material. That data became the basis of IBM’s Watson golf conversational agent […]

  1. Franz Zauner

    Real People Improve Artificial Intelligence via @SwissCognitive

  2. Franz Zauner

    Real People Improve Artificial Intelligence via @SwissCognitive #artificialintelligence

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