Five Links (Okay, It’s Really Six)

On March 26, 2015, in HRExaminer, by John Sumser

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This week’s links include what looks like a mish mash. That’s because the actual face of HR and Recruiting are changing rapidly. The links cover technology that persuades, the coming flood of wearables in business, the emerging role of the algorithm auditor, Monica Lewinski and a better understanding of APIs.

The real frontiers of HR are technical.

  • Technology and Persuasion
    The design of technology is evolving to include features that drive engagement and sense when it is diminishing. The prototype endeavors are all about mobile games. But, it’s a short time until this becomes a thing in business software. Habit Training (maybe that’s what engagement should really be called) is on its way. Since Recruiting is fundamentally a game of persuasion, expect to see more actual recruiting being automated.
  • The Future of Wearable Notifications in Business
    This is a quick look at the places where wearable notification devices are particularly useful and enhance safety. Construction, Health Care, Transportation, Insurance and Hospitality top the list. Will you have any employees who don’t wear a monitoring and reporting
  • The Wearables Road Ahead
    Nice piece for its illumination of the race to the bottom. As wearables become a thing, expect a flood of them. Cheaper and cheaper.
  • Algorithm Auditors
    This is a call for papers for the first ever algorithm auditing workshop to be held later in the spring. Of course there need to be independent assessors of 3rd party predictive analytics. Of course we need certification that these tools don’t deliver disparate impact. Of course someone needs to provide a foundation for liability insurance. This will be a well paid job that looks like data testing.
  • Monica Lewinski Is Back
    Now 41, the former White House intern once famously dismissed by the president as “that woman” holds a master’s degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics. She’s applying hard won lessons to the topic of shaming. Expect deeper scrutiny into to long held practices of hazing as a development tool. Expect greater visibility into the damage caused by shaming as a way of controlling things online.
  • Data APIs, Design and Visual Storytelling
    For most people, data sets are hard to use and navigate. What really sets great data apart from the rest is the story. This piece explores the use of APIs to make things easier and more intelligible. Skim the article to get a deeper sense of the technical issues.

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