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### Duolingo Reduces Contract Workers by 10% Amid AI Content Transformation

The company said no full-time employees were affected by the cutback.

Due to the utilization of relational artificial intelligence for content generation, Duolingo, a renowned provider of language-learning software, is streamlining its workforce by discontinuing some contractor engagements.

As per a statement from a business director, approximately 10% of contractors were “offboarded” on Monday. The director mentioned, “We no longer require as many individuals to perform the tasks that some of these contractors were handling.” The integration of AI technology is anticipated to contribute to this transition.

In an earnings call held in August, CEO Luis von Ahn disclosed that the company is leveraging conceptual AI to accelerate software development processes and enhance the organization of course materials efficiently. Moreover, Duolingo introduced a premium tier, Duolingo Max, which incorporates AI-generated comments and multilingual conversations, along with utilizing AI for voice generation within the application.

The spokesperson highlighted that many full-time employees and contractors at Duolingo routinely utilize AI in their daily responsibilities, emphasizing that the reduction in workforce does not signify a direct substitution of these workers. Reports indicate that Duolingo had a workforce of 600 full-time employees by the end of 2022, with assurances from the director that no full-time staff members were affected by the recent downsizing.

Following a remarkable surge in performance in 2023, Duolingo’s stock observed a 3.4% increase, reaching $21.09 by 12:15 p.m. in New York.

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