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Google’s Bard : Overworked, Underpaid Contractors Reveal Stress and Fear

The Google Bard logo displayed on a smartphone. (Image: Getty Images)

In the technological era of Artificial Intelligence reaching at its booming heights, the use of OpenAI and easily accessible, useful to surfer software based on AI are becoming a part of our day-to-day lives. Sam Altman’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard are two of the prominent AI softwares which are prominently in use for collecting information and working projects.

Google’s Bard A.I. chatbot has gained significant attention as a cutting-edge technology capable of engaging in human-like conversations. However, behind the scenes, the contractors responsible for training this advanced AI system have come forward with distressing revelations.

Ensuring that the response is well-sourced and based on evidence, however, falls to thousands of outside contractors from companies including Appen Ltd. and Accenture Plc, who can make as little as $14 an hour and labor with minimal training under frenzied deadlines, according to several contractors, who declined to be named for fear of losing their jobs.

The responsibility of ensuring a well-sourced and evidence-based response, unfortunately, falls on a large number of external contractors employed by companies like Appen Ltd. and Accenture Plc. These contractors, who often work under intense time constraints, minimal training, and stringent deadlines, reveal that they can earn as little as $14 per hour. It’s important to note that these contractors have chosen to remain anonymous due to the fear of potential job loss.

As it stands right now, people are scared, stressed, underpaid, don’t know what’s going on, And that culture of fear is not conducive to getting the quality and the teamwork that you want out of all of us.

said one of the contractors.

The job has become increasingly challenging and unappreciated. Six present contract workers at Google revealed that as the company engaged in an AI competition with OpenAI in the past year, their workload and the complexity of their responsibilities escalated. Despite lacking specific expertise, they were entrusted with evaluating answers in diverse subjects, including medication dosages and state laws. Documents shared with Bloomberg illustrate intricate instructions that workers must follow within strict deadlines, sometimes as short as three minutes, for auditing answers.

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