As the Hollywood strikes continue, Netflix is receiving criticism for posting an advertisement for an AI job position that can earn up to $900,000 annually. The job description indicates that the Product Manager for machine learning platform role may be situated remotely on the West Coast or in Netflix’s Los Gatos, California, office.
According to the job description, this position would establish the overall strategic plan for the machine learning platform. The job description includes goals, important outcomes, and success measures that are in conjunction with engineering and in line with more general company goals.
Rob Delaney, a comedian and actor who most recently appeared in a Black Mirror episode that explored the use of artificial intelligence to duplicate performers’ performances, criticized the new Netflix position’s high compensation in an interview.
“So $900k/yr per soldier in their godless AI army when that amount of earnings could qualify thirty-five actors and their families for SAG-AFTRA health insurance is just ghoulish,” he declared. “There is enough money for everyone; it’s only a matter of priorities, I can guarantee you, having experienced both poverty and wealth in this industry.”
Protections against artificial intelligence are a major concern during the ongoing strike by members of the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. The Screen Actors Guild reports that 87% of its actors earn less than $26,000 annually.
Television scriptwriter Javier Grillo-Marxuach said, “Pleading poverty while recruiting very well-paid generals for your soulless army of Silicon plagiarists is not a good look.” Unions for actors and writers are on strike for greater pay and to prevent the use of AI to substitute human likenesses in writing or acting.