Even in the year 2047, there are still prisons on Earth. Detention conditions, however, have much improved, and initiatives aimed at teaching convicts to earn an honest living have entered a new stage of evolution. Robotization has rendered manual labor uneconomic, so detainees stopped felling trees and sewing pillowcases – and changed to computers.
The future is opening up new career opportunities for convicts in the digital domain. Large IT companies have agreed to give them jobs. Inmates recognize text, audio and photos, creating datasets for training AI on.
Another initiative came from video game development studios: they are hiring prisoners to drive racecars in racing simulators and monsters, in horror games. According to the developers, this is significantly cheaper than creating realistic AI, with each playthrough and each race following a unique scenario. Creators of MMORPGs decided to keep up with their peers: inmates train newbies and control NPCs (non-player characters): assign and accept quests, sort out difficult situations and mark spots on the map. According to creators, this adds depth and realism to gameplay.
One of the most advanced projects is game moderation in virtual reality. Program members act as cyberpolice, catching offenders that use inappropriate avatars or language. The most diligent moderators get bonuses and even have their sentences reduced.