A face-scanning algorithm increasingly decides whether you deserve the job

Designed by the recruiting-technology firm HireVue, the hiring system uses candidates’ computer or cellphone cameras to analyze their facial movements, word choice and speaking voice before ranking them against other applicants based on an automatically generated “employability” score. More than 100 employers now use the system, including Hilton, Unilever and Goldman Sachs, and more than…

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The Future of Warehouse Work: Technological Change in the U.S. Logistics Industry

According to a new report by the UC Berkeley Labor Center, automation will not wipe out warehouse jobs, but will make them harder. While some technologies could alleviate the most arduous tasks of warehouse work (such as heavy lifting), this likely will be coupled with attempts to increase the workload and pace of work, with…

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Federal Reserve Chair Says Automation May Worsen Inequality in Future

At a recent Federal Reserve event in Kansas City, Chair Jerome Powell suggested that workplace automation could exacerbate inequality in the coming decades. Powell pointed to the challenging “distributional consequences” of some work being performed much more efficiently and cheaply through automation. “The concern that you raise has always been the case, going back years…

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Automation Trends May be Widening Racial Wealth Gap

A new report from McKinsey suggest that the adoption and implementation of AI and automation by U.S. companies could further widen the racial wealth gap. With companies having already invested an estimated $20 – $30 billion in artificial technologies, McKinsey’s research shows that African Americans could be most affected by the disruptive forces of automation…

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AI in HR Under the Microscope in California

Alastair Mactaggart, who spurred the enactment of the California Consumer Privacy Act with a ballot initiative, has submitted a new measure regarding AI. The initiative would require companies to disclose to California residents when they are the subject of automated “profiling.” Employers would further have to disclose to California residents “meaningful information about the logic…

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McDonald’s Using Google, Alexa A.I. for Recruiting

McDonald’s is now accepting job applications via digital assistant. It starts off when you turn to your device and yell: “[Alexa or Google], help me get a job at McDonald’s.” Then the app will ask for personal data (such as your location); at the end of the process, it will send you a text with…

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AI Gets Real in Professional Services

As AI technologies become integrated into the audit workflow, auditors are developing a level of speed and accuracy that would have been considered superhuman less than a decade ago. This is enabling them to focus more time and energy on higher risk parts of the audit — the ones that expose them to much higher…

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As facial recognition software becomes more ubiquitous, some governments slam on the brakes

Local and city governments around the country are tacking the use of facial recognition software with varying results. In 2017, Vermont disallowed the search of its driver’s license databases by facial recognition after it became clear the program was illegal under state law. The Seattle Police Department, working with the American Civil Liberties Union of…

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Higher Education Institutions in Asia Pacific Stand to Double the Rate of Innovation with Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft Asia and IDC Asia/Pacific today unveiled the latest findings for the study, “Future-Ready Skills: Assessing APAC Education Sector’s Use of AI” to Education leaders at the Asian Summit on Education and Skills (ASES). Institutions that have implemented AI in their processes expect to see close to 4 times increased funding by 2021. Source: Business…

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Machine Learning in Big Box Retail – Walmart, Target, and Costco

Big Box Retail is utilizing machine learning to relay information about products, shopping behavior, and forecasting demand. The Intelligent Retail Lab is a Walmart store equipped with thousands of cameras that relay information about the stock or condition of products as well as customer shopping behavior. Target has worked on a machine learning algorithm to…

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