On The Times re-opening comments sections thanks to Google’s algorithmic moderating.
One of the things that’s gotten a bit of a profile recently is the fact that most content moderating online is done manually, by huge armies of underpaid workers who, in effect, get to sift through all the YouTube child porn so you don’t have to. It’s awful and psychologically destroying work so, unsurprisingly, Google is trying to find ways to outsource it to robots.
And on the one hand: good, given robots don’t (yet) get psychological trauma. On the other, this is the start of what will, very likely, herald the collapse of most entry-level white-collar work.
We live on the cusp of interesting times…