So AI may be the future in hiring and recruitment but it certainly isn't there yet it seems.
If you're basing it's learning on history which quite possibly may have been biased towards men, then it is likely that it will discriminate against females. Well that is what Amazon have now found out.
The technology which was trained on data from the previous 10 years, much of which came from men, started to filter out female CVs.
Even when they recoded the software to try and make the AI neutral, this didn't guarantee that the technology would not find other ways to discriminate. Such as looking for more male used terms such as 'executed' and 'captured'.
An algorithm that was being tested as a recruitment tool by online giant Amazon was sexist and had to be scrapped, according to a Reuters report. The artificial intelligence system was trained on data submitted by applicants over a 10-year period, much of which came from men, it claimed. Reuters was told by members of the team working on it that the system effectively taught itself that male candidates were preferable. Amazon has not responded to the claims. Reuters spoke to five members of the team who developed the machine learning tool in 2014, none of whom wanted to be publicly named. "They literally wanted it to be an engine where I'm going to give you 100 resumes, it will spit out the top five, and we'll hire those," said one of the engineers who spoke to Reuters.