Recruiting AI discriminates against women?!

So much for our brave new world.

Artificial intelligence to sort through piles of employment applications and resumes in an instant -- free of human error, clean and unbiased -- great idea! What could go wrong?

Plenty, apparently.

Amazon has had to scrap its recruiting AI because it found that the AI was -- misogynistic. It didn't like female applicants.

According to the Daily Mail, the sexist AI loved applicants who used "male" verbs like "executed" and "captured." Meanwhile, it excluded applicants who went to all-female schools and whose hobbies indicated that they were female (for example, president of the "women's chess club").

Although Amazon's developers tried to "raise the consciousness" of the program, the company finally gave up after deciding that the AI might just find some other way to teach itself to be a chauvinist pig. They're now using it only to "de-duplicate" and perform similar judgment-free tasks.

Amazon says that it never relied solely on the AI in recruiting applicants, so it isn't clear that the AI problems resulted in any actual discrimination against female applicants. The company says "that it is committed to diversity and equality."

Human hiring managers, your jobs appear to be safe for the time being. 

Robin Shea has 30 years' experience in employment litigation, including Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (including the Amendments Act). 
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