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“Training people to work alongside the evolving machine world while giving them rights to control their information.” This is how the National, a news outlet in the United Arab Emirates describes the coming challenge we face. Navigating the evolution of this emerging generation of technology is a global concern. At the same time, important quality issues, such as reproducibility of results, are coming to light as the first wave is installed. Wouldn’t you like to believe that the calculation you’re using to select candidates or work on attrition problems routinely produces the same answer with the same data. It might not and you’d better check.

John Sumser will be presenting on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the O’Reilly AI Conference in New York City taking place between April 30 – May 2, 2018.


Big Picture


HR’s View
  • How Our Unconcious Mind Rules Our Behavior. “The ease with which a person can process information (such as the name of a stock) does exert an unconscious effect on people’s assessment of that information.” In other words, the interface contains a bias when its goal is to simplify decision making (or present simplified decisions).
  • AI is rapidly changing the types and location of the best-paying jobs. While the net gain/loss of jobs in the American economy is the subject of hot debate, the location of new jobs is often overlooked. It may not be a question of training and retraining affected workers. They may have to move.






Quote of the Week

“Automation and AI will create new jobs. But, said Tyson, those new jobs might not be in the same parts of the country in which employment has been decreased by automation. And that has created frustrations and concerns in many parts of the US, including the Midwest.

Technology advances have greatly changed jobs in the past, of course, most notably during the Industrial Revolution. But, Tyson said, the rate of change is much faster today, and there are some vital questions unanswered. Can we come up with a way to retrain workers? And, she asked, who will pay for that retraining?”



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John Sumser begins an exploration of the limits of current thinking on intelligent software in management, particularly Human Resources Management.