HRIntelligencer v2.04

On January 31, 2018, in HR Intelligencer, HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser
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The HR/Recruiting marketplace is awash in blitzing jargon about the arrival of “AI” in the space. Most of what is in the market are more akin to statistics than it is to intelligence. It takes a lot of hard work to stay abreast of the concepts you need to master.

Ironically, if you were to use machine learning to forecast the effectiveness of this wave of AI, the forecast would be the momentum crests and the output disappoints….just like the last three waves. That’s the limit of the current tools. They are bound by history and can’t make innovative leaps. The tools can only forecast that what has already happened will happen again.

Once a new thing happens, it becomes increasingly predictable. Until it does, the machine will never guess it.

Current ‘AI’ is best suited for environments that operate like games (Jeopardy or Chess). It’s not so good when there are unlimited moves and the rules of the game change randomly. That’s really how our organizations (and their hiring processes) work.
This week’s articles are a breather. The tutorial section, with its bits about model robustness and expectation setting, are the gems. 


Big Picture


  • How AI Will Define New Industries. A token bit of doom and gloom about the timing of job loss and creation as the result of AI. AI purchases are being made with cost savings and efficiency justifications. Money is flowing into the sector based on this job replacement theory. The longer bet is that AI will create the science that underlies new industries.


HR’s View








Quote of the Week


“Several years ago—shortly after Watson beat the Jeopardy champions—IBM invited me to an event where they showed off Watson’s capabilities. What impressed me at the demo wasn’t its ability to beat humans, but that fact that it could tell you why it came to a conclusion. While IBM hadn’t yet developed the user interface (which was irrelevant to Jeopardy), Watson could show probabilities that each potential answer (sorry, each potential question) was correct, based on the facts that supported each possible answer. To me, that’s really where the magic happened. Seeing the rationale behind the result raised the possibility of having an intelligent conversation with an AI.” – from  The working relationship between AIs and humans isn’t master/slave.


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