Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is in India this week. Nadella was in Mumbai today for his keynote address.
The tech visionary took to social media platform X (formerly Twitter) to praise the efforts of Karya. “Great to be in India this week meeting with changemakers like the team at Karya, who are doing the critical work of building high-quality datasets for AI,” Nadella wrote on X.
Karya creates datasets in several Indian languages to train AI models and for research while creating jobs for Indians, mainly in rural areas. Karya got its start as a Microsoft Research project in Bengaluru in 2017.
These datasets are particularly valuable for languages like Marathi, which are not well-represented in the digital world despite a significant number of speakers. In India, where access to technology is often limited for non-English and non-Hindi speakers, providing tools and digital services in regional languages can have a transformative impact on millions of lives.
By focusing on under-resourced languages, such as Marathi, Karya is addressing a critical gap in the digital ecosystem and opening up opportunities for millions of potential users who currently face barriers due to language constraints.
In the blog shared in the tweet, Microsoft talks about Baby Rajaram Bokale who is one of the people who is lending her voice to Karya for creating the datasets. Bokale earned roughly $25 USD (₹2,000) over 11 days for five-hour shifts, the company added in the blog post.
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