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employment thumb100 This interesting US article from Bloomberg looks at whether artificial intelligence (AI) lives up to the promise to make hiring unbiased.  

There is certainly plenty of room for improvement because recruiters and hiring managers bring their own biases to the process, studies have found.  People pick whom they like based on unconscious biases.  AI advocates argue that technology can eliminate some of these biases.  Instead of relying on people’s feelings to make hiring decisions, some US companies use machine learning to detect the skills needed for certain jobs.  The AI then matches candidates who have those skills with open positions.  The companies claim not only to find better candidates, but also to pinpoint those who may have previously gone unrecognised in the traditional process.  But, research has found that machine learning in hiring, much like its use in facial recognition, can result in unintentional discrimination.  Algorithms can carry the implicit biases of those who programmed them.  Or they can be skewed to favour certain qualities and skills that are overwhelmingly exhibited among a given data set.  Companies can take measures to mitigate these forms of programmed bias.  Pymetrics, an AI hiring startup, has programmers audit its algorithm to see if it is giving preference to any gender or ethnic group.  Stella IO also has humans monitoring the quality of the AI.  "While no algorithm is ever guaranteed to be foolproof, I believe it is vastly better than humans," said the founder.

  • Read this report by Rebecca Greenfield & Riley Griffin in full at BusinessLive


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