Amazon No Longer Using “Sexist” AI Hiring Tool

By: Marie Donlon

According to a report from Reuters, an algorithm that was once used as a recruitment tool by Amazon has now been abandoned by the online retail juggernaut after claims surfaced that the algorithm was sexist.

Training the artificial intelligence system on data submitted by applicants over a ten-year span, the system, over time, seemed to develop a preference for male applicants.

"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," said one of the engineers who spoke to Reuters.

Designed to review job applications and award candidates a score between one and five stars, the system began to demonstrate back in 2015, according to reports, that it was not reviewing candidates in a gender-neutral way.

Instead, the system was built overwhelmingly with data culled from CVs submitted mostly by men.

As such, whenever a CV was submitted containing the word “women,” it had been penalized.

However, according to reports, Amazon never relied on the program’s recommendations alone to make hiring decisions.