Date Published: 03-05-2016

When we think of AI, or Artificial Intelligence, we think of the future. We think of things that don’t exist yet, technology that is 50+ years in the future but this is not the case.

AI has actually been with us for decades already, it’s defined as “the capacity of a computer to perform operations” which is all around us. It’s as simple as the idea that the “bad guys” on a computer game know to shoot at you, Siri on your iPhone telling you where the nearest garden centre is, or Netflix recommending movies based on what you’ve previously watched.

From a recruitment point of view, there is potential for AI to help us automatically select candidates for jobs based solely on words in their C.V. whether it’s their university field of study, previous roles or specific skills but the issue we face is whether A.I. can detect and balance negatives with positives.

Of course, AI software can only know what we teach it so we can teach it that some things are positive and some things are negative but considering a computer cannot have a moral compass, would it discard someone’s C.V. filled with great experience based on one particular negative keyword? Or would we be able to teach the computer that some good things outweigh the negatives, and that some negatives are worse than others?

Right now, despite technology moving quickly, AI does not have this capability. Sure it can mine data and pull out keywords we teach it to look for, but as for human balance and decision making, it’s not quite that far advanced.

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