Due to rapid expansion in AI industry, massive and high-quality annotation data are demanded. For corporates to process annotation by their internal AI engineers or IT team would generate high opportunity and management costs. This has become a serious issue for countries (such as Japan) with high labor costs.
Until recently, the disability population in Asia has reached over 65 billion, which accounts for two-third of the entire disability population in the world. In Taiwan, the disability employment rate is less than 20%, the average period of unemployment is seven years, and more than 0.14 million people with disabilities have to work from home.
We came to discover 2 market demands: one for AI data processing; the other for disability employment.
Unlike other nonprofit organizations, FLOW, premised on profit making, has transformed people with disabilities to becoming key components in AI ecosystem through innovative business models and career trainings. This helps to meet the demand for high quality AI data, reduce engineers’ opportunity costs, and create new careers for people with disabilities in Asia.