HRIntelligencer v1.08

On July 18, 2017, in HR Intelligencer, HRExaminer, by John Sumser

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Big Picture
  • Rabbit hole warning: Can We Copy the Brain? Wonderful special report from IEEE. From one perspective, automating decision making comes after we simulate thousands of brains interacting. That seems like a long way off.
  • The Yellow Brick Roadmap. Counterpoint to the idea that understanding human cognition is essential. I don’t think you can examine the evolving AI/ML conversation without having to change your mind frequently. This piece changed mine. I no longer assume that the goal of AI is to duplicate human intelligence. Nor is it even necessary that human intelligence is the right framework to explore.
  • AI And Ethics: We Will Live What Machines Learn. “In early 2016, a private university in the U.S. used a mathematical model to identify freshmen who were at risk of poor grades — then encouraged those students to drop out early in the year in order to improve the school’s retention numbers and therefore its academic ranking.” Is the technique ethical at university? Is it ethical in a corporation?

 

HR’s View

 

Execution

 

Tutorial
  • You can probably use deep learning even if your data isn’t that big. One of the keys to learning a new technical discipline is getting comfortable scanning material you don’t completely understand. For some, this will be an eye-glazing bit of reading. But, if you want to understand the quality of the recommendations and decisions you are getting. It’s a good starting point. Of particular interest are the links to deeper explanations of ML techniques.
  • A Course on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency in Machine Learning. A remarkable set of links.
  • Data Science and Machine Learning Without Mathematics. These techniques work just as well and some of them have been proved to be equivalent to their math-heavy cousins, with the added bonus of generally being more robust. They are easy to understand and lead to easy interpretations, yet it is not snake oil: it is actually based on years of experience processing large volumes of diverse data, mostly in automated mode.

 

Quote of the Week

“Imagine how difficult it was to envision flight without thinking of birds or boats, before you observed it in airplanes and rockets. We look back at these imaginings of mechanical flight with a smirk, but history will be no kinder to claims that the human-machine analog is obvious.” – The Yellow Brick Roadmap.
 

About

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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