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"I can't tell whether or not there's going to be a Singularity. I don't really believe the rapture of the nerds stereotype..."
- Charles Stross

Royalties For Machine Learning Subjects  
  A payment to people who are used as subjects for imitation learning by robots.  

One of the techniques used in deep learning for artificial intelligence is to use either still photographs or a series of photos (video) to enable a learning algorithm to grasp the subtle movements used to (for example) drive a car or perform some other practical task.

Or, make a drink just exactly right?

"I got one of those new electronic cameras - you know, one thousand exposures per second... So we took pictures of Guzub making a Three Planets, and I could construct this one to do it exactly right down to the thousandth of a second. The proper proportion of vuzd, in case you're interested, works out to three-point-six-five-four-seven eight-two-three drops. It's done with a flip of the third joint of the tentacle on the down beat. It didn't seem right to use Guzub to make a robot that would compete with him and probably drive him out of business, so we've promised him a generous pension from the royalties on usuform barkeeps."
Technovelgy from Q.U.R., by Anthony Boucher.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1943
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Compare to the replaced worker benefits from Spark (2014) by John Twelve Hawks.

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