• Jo MiranOP
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    283 months ago

    Due to my company’s line of work, I am of the opinion that some busywork is essential for the proper understanding of the larger task at hand.

    We deal with massive amounts of data. Part of dealing with the data is the busywork of analyzing, cleaning and preparing that data to he ingested, and then making sure to validate the state of the data once in the system. That’s a whole lot of mostly mindless busywork. But here is the thing, because of that busywork that nobody likes doing we have a deeper understanding. We know what’s in there, where it is located, how it is formatted and how it will be accessed. We know how a query is going to impact production before it is even run and we can recommend alterations.

    • @neptune@dmv.social
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      183 months ago

      Yeah it’s interesting. With no “busy” work there’s no career path to maintain the people with the knowledge of how to design, build, operate and maintain the AI infrastructure. Who will know what Garbage Out is if they haven’t spent a career doing the thing?

      • @PeepinGoodArgs@reddthat.com
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        163 months ago

        That’s why AI exacerbates inequality between more and less experienced workers. More experienced workers will know what garbage to look out for and its manifestations in poorly cleaned data sets. Newer workers will just have to trust the AI did it.

        • @neptune@dmv.social
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          103 months ago

          Right and then forty years later everyonr with experience is retired and no one invested in newbies

    • @SheeEttin@programming.dev
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      93 months ago

      That’s not busy work. Busy work, as explained in the article, is work that doesn’t really accomplish anything, like re-folding towels that have already been folded. Or as I’ve had to do before, sweep a perfectly spotless sidewalk. Data validation is valid work.

      • Jo MiranOP
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        13 months ago

        Eventually, but not today.