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Old 10-10-2018, 02:57 PM   #1
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Default Amazon scraps computer program for being sexist

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Amazon scraps AI for bias against women, raises more doubts about objectivity of algorithms

According to a new report today from Reuters, the Seattle tech giant was forced to scrap an AI recruiting engine after the company came to realize that the algorithm was excluding women.

The in-house technology was supposed to crawl the Web and identify candidates that the fast-expanding firm might hire for a variety of software development and technical jobs. But within months of its 2014 deployment, Amazon executives realized that it wasn't functioning as intended.

Using data from a decade's worth of resumes, the engine was designed to scan employment and academic histories using recognized patterns from other high achievers, and some 50,000 keywords. But because the vast majority of the CVs came from men, it taught itself that male candidates were preferable, rejecting words like "women's" as well as graduates from all-female colleges.

Amazon tried to correct the fault, but eventually lost faith in the system, coming to fear that it would simply come up with other ways to discriminate.

The program was abandoned last year, and now the company is trying to build another, more diverse one from scratch.
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:10 PM   #2
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Larger numbers of one gender over the other in any exercise which attempts to rate skill or effectiveness are bound to skew the outcome, in my view.

Just as they do (I maintain) in studies of women vs men drivers: many more male drivers behind the wheel than female just adds to the probability that they will be the cause of more road traffic accidents... this has no bearing on the question of whether they are, overall, less competent drivers than women
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Old 10-11-2018, 04:19 AM   #3
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So even the AI suffers from toxic masculinity?
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