“Uncovering the Unsung Heroes of AI: Honoring the Data Annotators”

This week in AI, I’d like to turn the spotlight on labeling and annotation startups — startups like Scale AI, which is reportedly in talks to raise new funds at a $13 billion valuation. Labeling and annotation platforms might not get the attention flashy new generative AI models like OpenAI’s Sora do. Without them, modern AI models arguably wouldn’t exist. Labels, or tags, help the models understand and interpret data during the training process. Some of the tasks on Scale AI take labelers multiple eight-hour workdays — no breaks — and pay as little as $10.