Appen Limited, a global leader in the development of high-quality,
human-annotated datasets for machine learning (ML) and artificial
intelligence (AI), today announced it has completed the acquisition of
Figure Eight, which occurred on April 2nd, 2019. In addition, Appen has
also achieved a technical integration milestone, as Figure Eight
customers now have access to Appen’s extensive crowd resources directly
through the Figure Eight platform.
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Appen offers a highly efficient crowd management platform, a scalable,
skillful, multilingual crowd, the world’s most innovative
customer-facing SaaS platform with ML-assisted annotation, as well as
multiple delivery models: open contributors, curated at-home crowds,
secure/NDA crowds and on-site workers.
The combination of Appen’s skilled and diverse global workforce of more
than 1 million global contractors with Figure Eight’s industry-leading
data annotation platform creates a robust training data offering
designed to enhance AI initiatives for a wide variety of use cases. This
offering is uniquely positioned to deliver on the increasing volume,
quality and speed requirements for training data to support business
innovations and efficiencies which use ML and AI.
“With a critical component of our integration complete, we’re excited
for the opportunity to deliver immediate value to Figure Eight customers
who can now accelerate their AI and machine learning initiatives with
the massive scale of Appen’s crowd,” said Mark Brayan, Appen’s Chief
Executive Officer. “We’re also pleased to offer even more flexible work
from home opportunities to our crowd as a result of integrating with the
Figure Eight platform.”
Existing Figure Eight platform users will immediately gain access to
over 1 million on-demand global crowd workers covering 130 countries
across 180 languages and dialects. This expansion in sourced annotators,
combined with the automated quality controls and machine learning
assisted annotation tools of Figure Eight, will allow both Figure Eight
and Appen customers to scale their AI initiatives.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be officially part of the Appen family
and to have achieved this initial integration milestone,” said Becky
Scott, Figure Eight’s Chief Operating Officer. “Together, we provide a
single-source global data annotation solution for any company, in any
vertical, seeking to advance its use of artificial intelligence.”
Appen is a global leader in the development of high-quality,
human-annotated datasets for machine learning and artificial
intelligence. Appen brings over 20 years of experience capturing and
enriching a wide variety of data types including speech, text, image and
video. With deep expertise in more than 180 languages and access to a
global crowd of over 1 million skilled contractors, Appen partners with
technology, automotive and eCommerce companies — as well as governments
worldwide — to help them develop, enhance and use products that rely on
natural languages and machine learning.
About Figure Eight
Figure Eight, an Appen company, combines the best of human and machine
intelligence to provide high-quality annotated training data that powers
the world’s most innovative machine learning and business solutions.
With over a decade of experience and 10+ billion judgments, Figure
Eight’s enterprise-ready data annotation platform delivers unprecedented
quality and scale across a diverse set of industries and use cases.