The Skilled Workers Training AI to Take Their Jobs

Earning up to $60 per hour, Jay was an early recruit, joining Remotasks the month before OpenAI unveiled ChatGPT to the world. Since then, the platform has been accelerating its search for expert data laborers. In January 2024, WIRED found, the company published job ads seeking speakers of more than 20 different European languages, as … Read more

Google Lays Off Thousands More Employees Despite Record Profits One Year After Laying off 12,000 Employees As Workers Begin Worrying AI is Slowly Replacing Them

Google has initiated significant layoffs across its various teams, including the Voice Assistant, hardware, engineering and ad sales teams, marking a continuation of the tech industry’s trend towards reducing workforce expenses. The layoffs have affected hundreds of employees within the Voice Assistant unit; hardware teams responsible for Pixel, Nest and Fitbit products; and a considerable … Read more

Why North Korea Has Resumed Sending Workers Abroad

Kim Jong Un has sent new batches of his workers overseas since relaxing pandemic border controls and launched a fresh crackdown on his people, according to the U.S. point person for North Korean human rights. “What we’ve seen is that the human rights situation in North Korea has worsened,” Julie Turner, the State Department’s special … Read more

Siberian shipyard workers brave freezing cold

YAKUTIA, Russia (Reuters) – A drone flies low over a snow-covered shipyard in Russia’s Far East, where workers toil in subzero temperatures to maintain the hulking vessels during the bitter Siberian winter. The process of ‘vymorozka,’ which roughly translates as ‘freezing out,’ is backbreaking and tedious work that takes weeks in some of the world’s … Read more

France’s foreign ministry has summoned Russia’s ambassador over French aid workers killed in Ukraine

PARIS — The French government summoned Russia’s ambassador for talks Monday over the killing of two French citizens working for nongovernmental organizations in Ukraine, and promised sustained support for the Ukrainian military in its effort to push back Russian forces. The humanitarian workers were killed in Russian strikes on Thursday near a front line of … Read more

Union calls on security workers at most major German airports to strike on Thursday

BERLIN — A union has called on security staff at most of Germany’s major airports to stage a one-day strike on Thursday as it steps up pressure on employers in a pay dispute. The ver.di union announced the strikes on Tuesday. It said the strike will affect Germany’s busiest airport, Frankfurt, as well as Hamburg, … Read more

The 7 most popular countries for U.S. workers moving abroad

For many Americans, work hasn’t just gone hybrid or remote — it’s gone global. The number of American workers hired by international companies grew 62% last year, according to the State of Global Hiring Report from Deel, an HR platform that specializes in global hiring. That’s based on 300,000 contracts between Deel customers and workers. The majority, … Read more

U.S. workers are getting remote jobs with international companies

It’s getting harder to find a remote job in the U.S., but you might have better luck working from home for a company based abroad. The number of American workers hired by international companies grew 62% last year, according to the State of Global Hiring Report from Deel, an HR platform that specializes in global … Read more

Flexport may lay off workers yet again

Flexport, a logistics company with $2.7 billion in venture and debt funding, is reportedly planning additional layoffs. That’s according to Information, which said the firm intends to eliminate around 20% of its roles in the next few weeks. Flexport communications head Liyan Chen declined to comment on the report in an email to TechCrunch. Flexport, … Read more

U.N. agency fires workers accused of joining Oct. 7 Hamas attack

JERUSALEM — The U.N. agency for Palestinian affairs said Friday it was terminating the contracts of several staff members after Israel alleged agency workers had participated in the Hamas attack Oct. 7 that left 1,200 people in Israel dead and triggered the current fighting in Gaza. “Any UNRWA employee who was involved in acts of … Read more