Wednesday, October 10, 2018

"Amazon scraps secret AI recruiting tool that showed bias against women"

Reuters:

It penalized resumes that included the word “women’s,” as in “women’s chess club captain.” And it downgraded graduates of two all-women’s colleges, according to people familiar with the matter. They did not specify the names of the schools.

Amazon edited the programs to make them neutral to these particular terms. But that was no guarantee that the machines would not devise other ways of sorting candidates that could prove discriminatory, the people said.

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the technology favored candidates who described themselves using verbs more commonly found on male engineers’ resumes, such as “executed” and “captured,”