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  • Beyond Mechanical Turk: The Work of Brazilians on Global AI Platforms

    Rafael Grohmann Willian Fernandes Araújo

    Chapter from the book: Verdegem, P. 2021. AI for Everyone?: Critical Perspectives.

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    The aim of this chapter is to analyse the micro-work of Brazilians on global artificial intelligence platforms. In context of platformisation of labour, we show that artificial intelligence still requires a lot of human work, leading to global value chains and a global gig economy. In a digital economy, there are inequalities involving local workers and global platforms. At present, however, most research on micro-work focuses on the Global North. Latin America remains a blindspot. This research investigates the micro-work of Brazilians on two specific platforms, Appen and Lionbridge. This research reveal that micro-work is closely intertwined with the historical informality of labour in the country, a gig economy that existed prior to digital labor itself. There is no ‘digital labour universalism’. Rather, there is an AI colonialism reinforcing North–South inequalities from a platform labour perspective.

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    Grohmann R. & Fernandes Araújo W. 2021. Beyond Mechanical Turk: The Work of Brazilians on Global AI Platforms. In: Verdegem, P (ed.), AI for Everyone?. London: University of Westminster Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16997/book55.n
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    Published on Sept. 20, 2021

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    https://doi.org/10.16997/book55.n