HRIntelligencer 1.03

On June 13, 2017, in HR Intelligencer, HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser

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  • The Repercussions of Making AI Assistants Sound Too Human.“Do we want a personality to talk to or do we want a utility to give us information? I think in a lot of cases we want a utility to give us information.” The trade off is that quirkiness equals personality. It also equals the kind of conversation that gives AI assistants a hard time. 

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  • Cybersecurity Hiring Woes? Time to Consider a New Collar Approach.  Like many of the specialties required for Intelligent HR, the talent shortage will only get worse as demand increases. Here’s an approach that focuses on skills rather than credentials. It should work for all of the short-supply people we’ll need in the coming years.
  • File this under ‘Just Because You Can Automate It Doesn’t Mean It’s a Good Idea.’ No one wants to face up to the dark side of employee referrals takes a good look at the unintended consequences of referral programs.
  • Why Bots Are Important. 10 minute video of Slack’s head of development relations on the utility of bots and where they can be useful


  • Chris Short is the Senior Manager of HR Reporting and Analytics at Cox Enterprises. In Segmentation: Does it Impact Predictive Modeling Results for People Analytics?, he lays out the case for narrowing the audience for a particular prediction. In the process, the shows the entire workflow of creating predictions within your organization. These are the sorts of implementation details that will make the difference in the way you tackle a project


Quote of the Week

“Bots are software powered users in messaging apps. They provide a new type of user experience that can expose products, services and insights to human users through conversational engagement and rich interactions.”
– Amir Shevat, Director, Developer Relations – Slack



Curate means a variety of things: from the work of vicar entrusted with the care of souls to that of an exhibit designer responsible for clarity and meaning. At the core, it seems to mean something about the importance of empathy in organization. HRIntelligencer is an update on the comings and goings in the Human Resource experiment with Artificial Intelligence, Digital Employees, Algorithms, Machine Learning, Big Data and all of that stuff. We present 8 to 10 links with some explanation. The goal is to give you a way to surf the rapidly evolving field without drowning in information.

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