Working on Microsoft’s Cortana Is Laborious and Poorly Paid
Leaked documents show that Microsoft’s contractors are paid between $12 and $14 an hour and are asked to transcribe as many as 200 audio clips per hour to train the Cortana virtual assistant.
The change comes after Motherboard found that Microsoft hired contractors to listen to some Skype phone calls.
Revealed: Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls
Documents, screenshots, and audio obtained by Motherboard show that humans listen to Skype calls made using the app's translation function.
I Tried Skype’s New 50-Person Video Calling Feature, My Personal Hell
Skype's conferencing feature now allows double the participants, so I tested it out.
Astronauts in Orbit Around Alien Planets Should Explore Surfaces With Robots and VR
“The historical presumption is that exploration means ‘boots on the ground.’ But we’ve gone way beyond that.”
How an 18-year-old gamer went from neo-Nazi to Muslim to alleged killer
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Anthony Weiner Allegedly Sexted a 15-Year-Old High School Student, Too
"He had some rape fantasies," the unnamed teen said.
This Silicon Valley Billionaire Wants to Give Us All Robot Bodies
My surreal meeting with robotics pioneer Scott Hassan.
Bots, Windows, and Xbox Star at Microsoft’s Big Developer Conference
Like Apple’s WWDC, Microsoft uses its Build conference to lay out its vision for the year.
Holoportation is a Great Way to Give Awkward High Fives
Holoportation is a pretty amazing technology, but you probably won’t be able to use it any time soon.
All You Need Is <3: An Interview with Paul McCartney About His Emojis
We talked to the legend about his new project scoring "Love Mojis" with Skype, working with Kanye West, and the process of writing a song.
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