Artificial Intelligence has numerous uses. Powering chatbots, identifying ailments, suggesting content, and driving vehicles, are only a few of them. There is one, however, which in spite of being on the borderline for most of Artificial Intelligence’s history, might now be on the brink of becoming increasingly prominent. This, of course, is how Artificial Intelligence is being used to categorize and rank individuals, to distinguish between them based on how good or bad they are in certain specific aspects.
Western civilization has yet to reach the time when Artificial Intelligence is used, on a large scale, to classify individuals based on whether they would make good or bad employees, clients, partners, citizens, etc. It is not consoling, however, to know that we are headed towards such an era, regardless of whether Western countries choose to manufacture the types of social credit system presently being manufactured in China.
This risk was first emphasized when it was observed how an AI-driven system was being utilized to screen applicants for UK-based job opportunities, by September’s end, for the very first time. Generated by HireVue, a U.S.-based firm, the system makes use of machine learning to gauge the expressions, vocation, and language, of job candidates. The applicants are recorded through mobiles or laptops and tested with the same questions. The system then picks out the applicant it deems best by comparing the data collected with 25,000 pieces of data acquired from every candidates’ interview, against the data taken from the videos of existing ideal employees at the company.
It comes as no surprise that researchers, along with people who value their privacy, are not in favor of this “Hiring Intelligence Platform,” which is now being used around the world to conduct millions of interviews.