16 May, 2017
HBO’s Silicon Valley Addresses The Dark Underbelly Of Artificial Intelligence
In the fictional tech industry of HBO’s Silicon Valley, the soul-crushing mundanity of grunt work is often treated as a punchline. Like many sitcoms about careerism and the slog of American professional life, it’s considered an insult to have to do boring, seemingly meaningless tasks just because some higher power demands it. But on last night’s episode, Silicon Valley highlighted a rather pernicious aspect of the tech industry that’s currently serving as the foundation of modern artificial intelligence, shining a spotlight on a type of human labor often overlooked when we discuss the marvels of automation.