As much as 80 percent of the time spent on today's predictive models goes to the "scut work
" of making the data presentable, said Nigam Shah, an associate professor at Stanford University, who co-authored Google's research paper, published in the journal Nature.
A literature faculty member who joined our department in the 1990s, Linda Karell described her perception of teaching writing, and by connection the Writing Center, as "the scut work
that you did so that you could do your real work, which was teaching literature" (personal communication, January 19, 2015).
The scut work
of newspaper reporters, especially those on the first rungs of their careers, is usually not portrayed in fiction any better than the real work of private detectives, but de Mariaffi is pitch perfect at capturing the attitudes, the process, the smell of the stale coffee, and the otherworldliness of late hours in the newspaper's morgue.
As the Ninth Seat she was probably bringing in the coffee and doing the scut work
but it is another link to be exploited.
In the past two decades, these chores have been replaced by a new kind of scut work
: treating a large number of patients (to help maintain hospital"throughput") while juggling an expanding load of administrative chores.
If AI tools do some of the scut work
involved in analyzing data, he says, people can be "free to work at the top of their game."
Next, a substantial percentage (perhaps a majority) are beginning to feel comfortable allowing their support staffers or graduate students to take care of the scut work
of handling most technology.
excessive workload including unnecessary scut work
) and the assignment of inappropriate tasks (e.g.
In the hospital, our tasks include, but are not limited to: interviewing and examining patients, writing on charts, reading up on our cases, racking our brain for the correct diagnoses and best possible treatments, monitoring each of our patients anywhere from every 15 minutes to every four hours (taking the blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, temperature, and anything else deemed necessary), extracting blood, inserting IV cannulas, doing scut work
, reassuring and/or comforting relatives, accomplishing paperwork, and answering to our seniors.