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South Korean professional Go player Lee Sedol plays against a computer. Photo: Lee Jin-man / AP

Artificial intelligence is so limited, yet such a lucrative buzzword, that companies are selling the work of hundreds of thousands of people as AI, writes the WSJ's Christopher Mims.

Why it matters: Humans have long feared AI as a jobs killer but AI's reliance on human brainpower suggests that new technology could be a boom, not a bust, for jobs.

The numbers:

  • While AI can automatically act on 83% of inappropriate content on YouTube, the remaining 17% needs human eyes, Mims writes.
  • Facebook recently announced it will double its content moderation team to 20,000 employees.
  • But the largest workforce of humans working in conjunction in AI is in China — where the government alone employs 100,000 censors.
  • If Facebook operated in China, it would need 20,000 moderators to review video content alone, a Chinese internet executive told the Journal.

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Tech scrambles to derail inauguration threats

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Tech companies are sharing more information with law enforcement in a frantic effort to prevent violence around the inauguration, after the government was caught flat-footed by the Capitol siege.

Between the lines: Tech knows it will be held accountable for any further violence that turns out to have been planned online if it doesn't act to stop it.

Dave Lawler, author of World
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Uganda's election: Museveni declared winner, Wine claims fraud

Wine rejected the official results of the election. Photo: Sumy Sadruni/AFP via Getty

Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of a sixth presidential term on Saturday, with official results giving him 59% to 35% for Bobi Wine, the singer-turned-opposition leader.

Why it matters: This announcement was predictable, as the election was neither free nor fair and Museveni had no intention of surrendering power after 35 years. But Wine — who posed a strong challenged to Museveni, particularly in urban areas, and was beaten and arrested during the campaign — has said he will present evidence of fraud. The big question is whether he will mobilize mass resistance in the streets.

Off the Rails

Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”