Amazon reportedly shut down an artificial intelligence-powered recruitment tool after it repeatedly discriminated against female candidates.
The recruitment tool, which Amazon used to “give job candidates scores ranging from one to five stars — much like shoppers rate products on Amazon,” according to Reuters, could compile one hundred applications and deliver the top five candidates to Amazon.
Problems arose, however, when Amazon realized the tool was taking preference to male candidates over female candidates.
“In effect, Amazon’s system taught itself that male candidates were preferable.
As a result, the tool, which was originally described as a “holy grail” tool by one person familiar with it, was shut down in 2017.