A writer for The Atlantic spent a day delivering packages for Amazon through its Flex program, which pays independent contractors an hourly wage. Her conclusion: it’s a bad deal. The Atlantic writer found that the job is hard—packages can be heavy and sometimes must be carried up flights of stairs—and that the pay came out to about $13.33 an hour after accounting for expenses. That’s less than...
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How Microsoft is Trying to Lessen Its Addiction to OpenAI as AI Costs Soar
Microsoft’s push to put artificial intelligence into its software has hinged almost entirely on OpenAI, the startup Microsoft funded in exchange for the right to use its cutting-edge technology. But as the costs of running advanced AI models rise, Microsoft researchers and product teams are working on a plan B. In recent weeks, Peter Lee, who oversees Microsoft’s 1,500 researchers,...
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