New York City will fine employers and vendors for undisclosed or biased AI use
New York City — Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) is at the forefront of organizational psychology. Just as judges on The Voice turn their backs to contestants to limit bias, companies similarly hope AI can hire candidates.
AI — using its algorithm and data — attempts to predict the best-fit candidate for a given position. Clearly the human brain hasn't evolved to process information at such a massive scale. Indeed, AI never catches "brain fog" or succumbs to assumptions that we humans are so prone to make.
Ah, but there's a reason the human mind, not brain, has been nicknamed "the gift of the gods." After all, millions of species have a brain, but only one life form has been evolved for a mind.
“The only thing about a man that is a man . . . is his mind," MacLeish once said. "Everything else you can find in a pig or a horse.”
Crack open the human brain, and among those countless neural connections — you'll never once see a thought. And here lies the chief problem facing artificial intelligence. To put it simply: AI programmers have yet to figure out how to program "common sense."
According to a study:
In 2018, Amazon found that their AI hiring software downgraded resumes that included the word “women” and those of candidates from all-women’s colleges because the company to that point did not have much of a history of hiring female engineers and computer scientists.
Given how prone AI is to making blunders rooted in common sense, New York City’s officials feel compelled to legislate such potential drawbacks in AI use.
In short, because common sense — like imagination and laughing — is strictly a human affair, city officials have decided to keep a watchful eye on the use of AI in the hiring process.