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OpenAI Has Hired an Army of Contractors to Make Basic Coding Obsolete

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OpenAI has repeatedly noted the importance of outsourced labor in building its technology.

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OpenAI, the company behind the chatbot ChatGPT, has ramped up its hiring around the world, bringing on roughly 1,000 remote contractors over the past six months in regions like Latin America and Eastern Europe, sources said.

About 60% were hired to do "data labeling." The other 40% are computer programmers who are creating data for OpenAI's models to learn software engineering tasks.

OpenAI appears to be building a dataset that includes not just lines of code, but also the human explanations behind them written in natural language.

With hundreds of programmers making a concerted effort to "teach" the models how to write basic code, the technology behind ChatGPT might be headed toward a new kind of software development.

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