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Amazon AI Built To Hire People Discriminated Against Women
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10 Oct 2018 10:39 AM EST

Business Insider reports that Amazon worked on building an AI to help with hiring people, but the plans backfired when it discovered the system discriminated against women. Citing five sources, Reuters said Amazon set up an engineering team in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2014. Their mission was to find a way to automate its recruitment. They created 500 computer models to trawl through past candidates' resumes and pick up on around 50,000 key terms. The system would crawl the web to recommend candidates. one source 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." A year later, the engineers noticed something troubling about their engine — it didn't like women. This was apparently because in order to accrue data about who to hire, the AI combed through predominantly male resumes submitted to Amazon over a 10-year period.

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