Vainu Finnish startup specializing in the development of artificial intelligence technologies, the last three months actively uses prison labor to train their AI.
Vainu previously collaborated with the exchange of crowdsourcing Amazon Mechanical Turk, which hired remote employees involved in the collection of the necessary for learning artificial intelligence information. However, later the founder of a startup Tuomas rasila found a more profitable partner in the Finnish criminal sanctions Agency — CSA, which is the organization of labor in places of detention.

Vainu proposed CSA to involve prisoners in two prisons in Helsinki and Turku to search for news articles on a particular subject, then to use the obtained data for training artificial intelligence. In the future the company will be able to contact the contractors. How does it work? For example, AI, trained, will not confuse the articles about Apple with content about apples.

For work performed Vainu transfers the money to the CSA, which then distributes them to the prisoners. As a result, they receive somewhat less than would be obtained through Mechanical Turk due to the fact that part of the funds takes a mediator — CSA.

The administration of the CSA argues that working with an AI startup, the inmates acquire skills that can be useful to them after release.

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