Samasource is a non-profit business with the mission to reduce global poverty by outsourcing digital work to unemployed people in the United States and impoverished countries. One of the first organizations to engage in impact sourcing, Samasource uses an internet-based model called "microwork" to break down large-scale digital projects from clients into smaller tasks for workers to complete. These workers are trained in basic computer skills and paid a local living wage (as determined by the Fair Wage Guide) for their labor. Samasource has been named one of Fast Company's "Most Innovative Companies" and counts Walmart, Google and eBay among its clients.

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  • Today, Samasource announces the availability of our latest image annotation toolset for advanced video object tracking. These new tools, in the hands of our expert annotation workforce, level up Samasource’s object tracking performance while maintaining the same extreme quality results of our ground truth training data services.What this means for our customers is an even more scalable approach to...

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  • If you’ve kept up with today’s tech news, then you’ve probably read some pieces about machine learning. Unfortunately, many of those articles target expert audiences who already know how to code and design algorithms. What is machine learning, anyway, and where can you turn to get up to speed on the basics?In this post, we’ll present a simple overview of machine learning and how it helps computers...

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  • Last week, I set out from San Francisco to visit the Augmented World Expo, the “world's #1 AR+VR conference.” Startups, established companies, and investors came together at the Santa Clara Convention Center to explore the latest and greatest in augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality (collectively dubbed "XR").Samasource works with clients in diverse industries, such as autonomous v...

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  • If you're in the market for training data to feed into your machine learning algorithm, you want to choose a reliable and qualified partner. If you’re looking for ISO certification - a clear indicator that products and services meet the expectations of customers - in your potential machine learning data partner, you're on your way there.ISO certification is a serious indication of quality because ...

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  • We’ve written before about the Hub, Samasource’s proprietary online software that we use to connect low-income individuals to digital work. We’ve also shared how our image annotation service creates training data for a computer vision client. In this post, I’ll showcase how Samasource’s web research and data cleaning services help create training data for longtime client Quid to build their natura...

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  • There are over 340,000 wind turbines on the planet, with the number rapidly rising. Because consumers are more dependent on green energy than ever before, power outages caused by turbines breaking are disastrous. As demand for reliable green energy increases, the demand for reliable turbines also goes up. Turbine operators have to find new scalable and efficient ways to audit and inspect turbines ...

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  • Here at Samasource, we live, breathe and eat data. While we do assist in data collection, most of the time clients come to us with data in need of enhancement, annotation, and more.Where does the data come from? Well, data collection varies widely, so in this post we’ll look into the most common questions around this topic.Data collection is a systematic strategy for gathering and measuring inform...

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  • I can’t read everything - but it is essential to stay on top of a few channels that I find worth my time. I’ve shared my AI reading list with Samasource coworkers and friends alike - here it is for your reading pleasure.This list came together in February as I was conducting research for our latest go-to-market strategy meeting. The whole company met to review the competitive market, customer need...

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  • We routinely deal with industry leading data scientists, bleeding edge entrepreneurs, and top thinkers in the data industry.But for the rest of us who aren’t that, let’s step back and ask; what exactly is big data, how this big data world came to be, and what the the possibilities that are available for all businesses to look into.The amount of data generated in the world is rapidly exploding, wit...

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  • Samasource was recently at the Auto.AI show in San Francisco and over half of the questions asked there were about LiDAR, point cloud data and 3D imagery. Below, we give you the view from our window.What is LiDAR and Why is it Such a Hot Topic? To answer the first: LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a laser-based surveying method that builds up a depth-based image of the world by shining out l...

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  • This week, Samasource visited the Auto.AI event, which bills itself as the platform bringing together the stakeholders who play an active role in the deep driving, computer vision, sensor fusion, perception and cognitive vehicles scene.Or to put it another way: anyone who is anyone in the greater ecosystem for self-driving cars.In attendance were leading OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) lik...

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  • Global marketing automation is forecast to grow from being worth $3.65 billion in 2014 to $5.5 billion in 2019. That growth has left many asking whether content creation could truly be automated. The Washington Post and Associated Press captured attention when making the decision to use content creation bots. This automation process relies heavily on data and a predefined structure, producing info...

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  • There is a person who needs your product or service right now but without knowing about your solution, they instead purchase from a competitor or find an alternative. The sale is lost.Marketers work hard to locate and reach prospective customers, But to be competitive, you need to do more than reach them. Content marketing builds engagement, trust and foundation for future sales. Content marketing...

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  • When consumers have pain points, their first destination is often the web as they seek products to help solve their problems. A few easy clicks, and they have massive amounts of user-generated content (UGC)–everything from customer review sites like Yelp to forums and social media posts. Not only do they read this information but they also allow it to heavily influence their purchasing decisions.I...

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  • With increased buzz around synthetic data, it is important to understand the advantages and limitations of this solution, and the overall affect on the application.Is it really possible to use generated synthetic data as training data? Let's first take a step back and define synthetic data. In short, synthetic data is system-generated data that mimics real data in terms of essential parameters set...

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  • As artificial intelligence remains at the forefront of current and future technological advancements, the breadth of applications for machine learning and computer vision algorithms continues to grow as well. With the digital world producing data at an exponential rate and "big data" being a hot topic for enterprise corporations, it is vital for these businesses to find competitive advantages in t...

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  • With the 2018 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) upon us, it is important to know which emerging technologies will be at the forefront. For the last few years, consumer technology trends have shifted from flashy physical gadgets to advanced automated technologies that have fundamentally changed the way we live.But what makes these technologies work and how do they get better over time?...

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  • Historically, to get a computer to do something, you had to explicitly program it to execute a series of steps to accomplish your desired task. This would include everything from the most simple of arithmetic skills to manipulating objects in a complex digital world like what you see in video games.Machine learning is a fast-developing field of computer science that allows computers to complete ex...

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  • This summer we had the privilege of hosting a wonderful group of Samasource supporters at our recently expanded Delivery Center in Nairobi, Kenya. We currently employ 700+ people in digital work, making us the largest BPO employer in Nairobi (something we can’t help but brag about :)).A few of our workers opened their homes to us, and their stories are too incredible not to share. We visited Fidel...

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  • We decided to scrap our traditional black tie gala last year. We were spending too much money to impress our community, who didn’t need an extravagant party to be impressed. The real thing that impresses our donors is the work they support. We threw our first “un-gala" -- no elaborate decorations, no expensive party favors. Our donors loved the idea of reinvesting our gala budget on our programs i...

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  • How Teams in Nairobi Help Shape Your Shopping ExperienceAs a kid, I marveled at the strategy involved in retail layouts. From inviting department store entryways stocked with deals, to the tactical placement of milk & eggs in the backmost aisle of grocery stores, there’s always a reason why an item is placed where it is. It was a never-ending personal challenge to try and decode these invisible ma...

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  • Before I joined Samasource, when I thought of corporate sustainability, I thought about green buildings and zero emissions footprints. Since joining my first nonprofit, I’ve been inspired to think about sustainability in a whole new way. For our nonprofit, Samasource, sustainability means making enough earned revenue to cover all the costs of our not-for-profit program. It’s a holy grail of sorts....

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  • Samasource Delivery Center’s One Year AnniversarySamasource, a non-profit founded in 2008, has been focused on one guiding mission: to connect women and youth to dignified work through the internet economy. In this time, we’ve learned a lot about the complexities of giving work to people who’ve never been in formal employment. We’ve also learned how challenging it can be to make jobs for those un-...

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  • I just wanted to share some great news — today I am honored that Sama was named one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies (#2 on the nonprofit list) for “redefining what it means to be a not-for-profit business.” We’re on a mission to reach sustainability (break-even on earned revenue before the end of 2017 — a huge milestone for a nonprofit). Want to help us? Check out samasource.org/imp...

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  • I spent last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos raising funds for Sama and building Laxmi’s global community of retailers and partners. Along the way I came across some especially powerful ideas, and reinforced one of our own (the impact bond). Here are five key tech and social impact trends from this year’s Forum:1. It’s not enough to do less bad. We say this a lot in the office — new busi...

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  • On July 24th, we held our first annual Sama World Cup in Nairobi, Kenya. The day was filled with entertainment, excellent (and not so excellent) soccer, and a whole lot of food. For the first time ever, we brought together teams from Nairobi, San Francisco and Gulu, Uganda (stay tuned for a blog post from the Gulu team's experience -- for many, it was their first time in Kenya!). Cavin Apodo, one ...

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