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iMerit was proud to celebrate our 5th anniversary earlier this week in an emotional event held in Kolkata. iMerit’s sister company, the Anudip Foundation was also celebrating their 10th anniversary. While reflection on the great work that the teams at both organizations accomplish was the main theme of the celebration, there were undertones of emotion fueled by the social impact stories heard throughout the day. keep reading

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Social Impact

We hear extraordinary stories of achievement from our team members every day and wanted to share them with you. iMerit’s success in executing high quality, accurate data tasks is reliant on our bright and inspirational team members. iMerit is a social impact company that offers opportunity in the digital economy to marginalized women and youth in rural areas.



Background

Khusboo is a bright and determined young woman who works in iMerit’s Ranchi delivery center. She lives in Irba, a small town 12km outside of Ranchi, with her seven siblings and her parents. She leverages the public transit system to get to work. The Ranchi district is a region marked by rural poverty, many local citizens work in the industrial energy field.

After she attended the MAST program at iMerit’s partner training facility, Anudip, Khusboo was selected out of a pool of applicants to work for iMerit.

Khusboo’s Job at iMerit

Khusboo has worked on a wide range of dataset creation tasks used in training Machine Learning algorithms. These tasks mainly include contextual and image judgments for natural language processing, attribute mining, categorization, and data extraction.

Khusboo’s biggest challenge to date has been the language barrier. Growing up speaking and learning in Hindi, she is now becoming more confident with her English skills. She is energized by the workplace environment at iMerit and its implications on her life. Khusboo is a self-motivated person is driven to find a solution to any problem she encounters.

Future Prospects

Growing up, computers were just a dream for Khusboo. From learning how to use computers at Anudip, to being interviewed via Skype by iMerit, computers are now part of her everyday life. Khusboo is looking forward to opportunities to further her education with the goal of one day becoming a manager at iMerit, something that wasn’t even in the realm of possibilities just a few years ago.

 

Background

Aziz is from the same area as Khusboo in Irba, a semi-urban area. Aziz also attended training at the Anudip Foundation where he was selected to join iMerit. He has been with iMerit for four years and was one of the first Ranchi center employees.

Aziz’s Job at iMerit

Aziz has worked mainly on machine learning projects, his first project was in video annotation for a hand gesture project. Being a Ranchi center veteran and accomplished learner, in addition to his annotation tasks, Aziz also manages quality control on projects and helps handle many of the administrative duties of the center. This includes staffing, delegation, and equipment handling and maintenance.

Future Prospects

Aziz aspires to be a Project Manager and would like to lead a unit. Aziz believes in iMerit CEO Radha Basu’s vision that artificial intelligence, in combination with human cognitive judgments, is the future of the IT industry. As a torchbearer, Aziz has motivated his cousins and other family members to join iMerit. He wishes to encourage and mobilize youth in his community.

Background

While much of the world takes access to water and electricity for granted, to Raj Kishor, it is a luxury. Raj comes from a tribal village in Jharkhand hidden from the hustle and bustle of modernization and urban lifestyle. Terrorism and Maoism lurk in the daily existence of Raj and his family. Being from a marginalized area, ignored by government programs, hasn’t dampened Raj’s spirit.

Raj moved to Ranchi a few years ago for work. When he lost his job at an NGO due to an unforeseen shutdown, Raj signed up for the MAST program at the Anudip Foundation and became one of the first employees at iMerit’s Ranchi delivery center. He is now a social influencer for his community, close friends, and family.

Raj’s job at iMerit

Raj is now a Sr. Team Lead focusing on image classification projects. He is an expert at Microsoft Excel and communicates fluently in English. As an experienced team member at iMerit, he works closely with his team to overcome challenges they face. Namely, working with them to improve their accuracy on English language tasks. It is imperative to guide his team members, spending time with them to improve their skills to maintain iMerit’s standards for accuracy and quality and delivering projects effectively.

Future Prospects

Since joining iMerit, Raj has become more independent and socially responsible. He takes care of his own expenses while offering financial support to his family. He is funding his sister’s education as well. Raj is motivated to continue his academics while balancing his professional life. He believes that education is the key to success in an individual’s life. In addition to making huge changes in his own life, Raj Kishor is mobilizing youth from his community to encourage them to seek education to further their careers and livelihood. Raj views iMerit as a platform for opportunity.

 

Khusboo, Raj Kishor, and Aziz are valued members of the iMerit team that contribute to the development of groundbreaking technologies every day across machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computer vision fields. To learn more about iMerit’s social impact and other members of the iMerit team, visit our Impact page.

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Artificial Intelligence
With new artificial intelligence technologies being created and improved every day, it is very difficult to stay on top of what’s going on in AI. For those on the go, podcasts are a great way to stay up to date while commuting or getting your daily exercise in. We’ve compiled a list of awesome podcasts that cover everything AI.

In no particular order, here are some great picks for keeping up to date with artificial intelligence industry news.


Voices in AI



Put on by Gigaom and hosted by Gigaom CEO and publisher, Byron Reese, this podcast features today’s most prominent leader in artificial intelligence. Reese, a prominent futurist, accomplished technologist, and patented AI practitioner, covers topics relating to anything from jobs and robots to conscious machines and weaponized AI. Guests, such as Daniel H. Wilson, Martin Ford, and Bryan Catanzaro, are interviewed about the implications of artificial intelligence across economic, social, ethical, and philosophical issues.

The AI Podcast




While artificial intelligence is being described as ‘the new electricity,’ it is still a mystery to many. This podcast hosted by long-time journalist, Michael Copeland, connects you with the world’s leading experts in artificial intelligence, deep learning, and machine learning. The expert line up of guests, including Kris Hammond, chief scientist, Narrative Science and Charles Marohn, president and co-founder, Strong Towns, discuss how AI works, how it is evolving, ad how it intersects with every facet of human endeavor, from art to science. This show is put on by Nvidia and currently have 40 episodes!

Talking Machines


Machine learning is changing the questions we can ask of the world around us. The hosts of Talking Machines, Katherine Gorman and Ryan Adams, explore how to ask the best questions and what to do with the answers. With expert guests like Eric Lander, founder of The Broad Institute and Peter Donnelly from the Royal Society’s Machine Learning Working Group, you’re in for very insightful discussions on the latest industry news. A bonus to this show: they take listener questions!

TWiML&AI


Stay up to date with This Week in Machine Learning & AI! This podcast focuses on bringing listeners the most interesting and important stories from the worlds of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Host Sam Charrington discusses the latest developments in research, technology, and business. With expert guests like Solmaz Shahalizadeh, Director of Merchant Services Algorithms at Shopify and James Guszcza, US Chief Data Scientist at Deloitte Consulting, the topics covered include machine learning, artificial intelligence, deep learning, natural language processing, neural networks, analytics, big data and more.

Data Skeptic




Not too sure about what you’re hearing in the news? Data Skeptic takes a scientific skepticism approach on topics in statistics, machine learning, big data, artificial intelligence, and data science. A weekly podcast hosted by Kyle Polich, they bring you stories and tutorials to help understand our data-driven world. Joined by guests like Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Cloud Artificial Intelligence, Joseph Sirosh and Andrew Martin, a data science Research Manager at Zillow, you are sure to hear things from a different perspective!

Do you have a favorite podcast on artificial intelligence that we missed? Please share with us in the comments below!
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