Oct 10, 2018

Amazon scrapped 'sexist AI' tool

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. Reuters was told by members of the team working on it that the system effectively taught itself that male candidates were preferable. 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 told Reuters that the system was intended to review job applications and give candidates a score ranging from one to five stars. The program was edited to make it neutral to the term but it became clear that the system could not be relied upon, Reuters was told.

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