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Machine acquirements algorithms action vast quantities of data and spot correlations, trends and anomalies, at levels far beyond even the brightest human mind. But as human intelligence relies on authentic information, so too do machines. Algorithms need training data to learn from. This training data is created, selected, aggregate and annotated by humans. And therein lies the problem.

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