DC: Amazon shut down an experimental artificial intelligence recruitment engine after it started preferring male candidates and penalizing resumes including certain all-female colleges or words like “women’s,” Reuters reported Tuesday.
Amazon has had a team working on AI recruitment tools since 2014, seeking to make it easier for employers to find their top applicants. Several members of the team who spoke to Reuters on condition on anonymity said their experimental product began showing a bias against female candidates and had to be shut down in 2015. Amazon disbanded the team in 2017.
“Everyone wanted this holy grail,” one of the people told Reuters. “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.”
The AI was designed to identify patterns among top applicants and resumes, and the team gave the AI the past 10 years of Amazon applications to use as a sample. The team says that because the majority of those applicants were male, the AI developed a bias against women. more here