May 5, 2021
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At Sama, we’ve understood the potential that AI and data have to reshape our world since day one. Already used to power essential services like surgery, vaccination development and transportation, AI is becoming more accessible every day. That’s why we’re committed to helping the world’s most ambitious AI teams develop the diverse and accurate data sets they need to ensure their algorithms succeed.
Today, on the heels of our recent inclusion in the 2021 Forbes AI 50 list, we’re proud to announce our honorable mention in Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards for the AI and Data category alongside leaders such as CNN, Immunai and Zoox. This is Sama’s second consecutive World Changing Ideas win, following our finalist recognition as a result of our animal conservation and anti-poaching work with Vulcan in 2020.
“There is no question our society and planet are facing deeply troubling times. So, it’s important to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, impact, design, scalability, and passion to solve these problems,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have discovered some of the most groundbreaking projects that have launched since the start of 2020.”
This year’s recognition highlights our AI Bias Detection solution, which was created to detect and combat systemic bias in artificial intelligence. In addition to causing inefficiencies, bias can result in dangerous algorithm outcomes across hiring, safety and criminal justice. Understanding that AI will be critical to societal change moving forward, our AI Bias Detection solution offers advanced analytics and reporting capabilities to spot and correct bias before it’s implemented.
“It’s an honor to be recognized in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas this year alongside so many incredible organizations,” says Wendy Gonzalez, CEO of Sama. “At Sama, we’re dedicated to using AI and training data for good and will continue to leverage our expertise to create the most effective, safe and equitable future of technology possible.”
Now in its fifth year, the World Changing Ideas Awards honor the businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to pursuing innovation when it comes to solving health and climate crises, social injustice, or economic inequality. This year, a panel of eminent Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 4,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more.
To learn more about our recognition and to see the complete list of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas honorees, click here.
From self-driving cars to smart hardware, Sama fuels AI. Founded over a decade ago, we’re experts in image, video and sensor data annotation and validation for machine learning algorithms in industries including automotive, navigation, AR/VR, biotech, agriculture, manufacturing, and e-commerce. Our staff are driven by a mission to expand opportunity for low-income people through the digital economy, and our social business model has helped over 50,000 people lift themselves out of poverty.