The following is an edited sample of comments readers posted online in response to “Facebook should pay you for your data” in Ideas’ big tech issue:
Why would these companies pay when so many of us are willing to do it, as you say, for free? When big tech wants the public to generate a new set of data for them, they design a fun new device designed to train us to do it. And we pay them for the privilege! More and more people have either the Apple, Amazon, or Google home assistant, which we know is already recording our passive conversation for use in improving each company’s voice recognition software and AI. It’s not inconceivable that these companies could create data-generation jobs at some point in the future, but I’d expect the pay to be on the order of what Amazon’s Mechanical Turk pays (i.e., not much). (Ajc9387) . . .
We’re gonna need a 12-click program (Fugetabutit).