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Amazon built an Artificial Intelligence tool to hire people but had to shut it down because it was discriminating against women
"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," one source told Reuters. A year later, however, the engineers noticed something troubling about their engine — it didn't like women. This was apparently because the AI combed through predominantly male resumes submitted to Amazon over a 10-year period to accrue data about who to hire. Consequently, the AI concluded that men were preferable. It downgraded resumes containing the words "women's," and filtered out candidates who'd attended women's only colleges. Amazon's engineers tweaked the system to remedy these particular forms of bias, but couldn't be sure the AI wouldn't find new ways to unfairly discriminate against candidates.
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