San Francisco, July 17
Microsoft is reportedly trimming its workforce within the information enterprise additional amid shift to synthetic intelligence (AI)-based algorithms and automation to carry out their editorial duties, GeekWire has claimed.
Reports in May mentioned Microsoft laid off a minimum of 50 information manufacturing staff who had been in contract positions.
“The company is now laying off an unspecified number of direct employees from MSN, including some senior leaders on the Microsoft News editorial team, according to people familiar with the situation,” the report claimed this week.
Microsoft didn’t affirm the layoffs and provided GeekWire “no comment” on the state of affairs.
According to the report, Microsoft’s fiscal yr ended on June 30 “and it’s common for Microsoft to restructure some of its operations in conjunction with the annual milestone”.
The Seattle Times reported in May that the roughly 50 staff contracted by staffing companies had been notified “that their services would no longer be needed beyond June 30”.
In an article in Motherboard final week, former MSN Money editor Bryan Joiner detailed about how “the robots Microsoft assigned to do my job can’t do it”.
Joiner misplaced his job amongst full-time journalists when Microsoft changed the group tasked with curating and modifying MSN information content material with AI software program.
“Based on how far they’ve come down this road, the algorithm will sink or swim on its own, which is to say it’ll probably sink and take down the whole of MSN with it,” Joiner wrote.
Last month, a mixed-race member of British pop group Little Mix identified that AI editors at Microsoft’s information and search website MSN.com blended up pictures of the band members.
The AI editor failed to inform the distinction between two blended race members of the pop group Little Mix. Microsoft News AI revealed a narrative that was about Little Mix member Jade Thirlwall’s issues going through racism.
However, the revealed story had a photograph of fellow Little Mix band mate Leigh-Anne Pinnock. Thirlwall seen the error and complained on Twitter.—IANS