June 28, 2019
The debate on artificial intelligence is heating up both in Congress and in the states, with its use in the employment context a steady refrain.
The Senate Commerce Committee examined the use of machine learning in a hearing this week. The panel focused mostly on the end user experience—however, AI's use in the employment context was mentioned several times in witness testimony.
“AI systems are trained on data sets that... [are] neither neutral or objective, which leads to AI systems reflecting and amplifying cultural biases, value judgements, and social inequities,” said Rashida Richardson, Director of Policy Research at the AI Now Institute at New York University, in her statement.
A recent, first of its kind bill introduced by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) would attempt to protect workers by requiring companies to:
How these requirements would be enforced would be up to the FTC, which is given broad authority under the bill.
In Illinois, meanwhile, Governor J. B. Pritzker is considering signing a bill passed by the Illinois legislature last week that would require companies to:
Takeaway: The days of relatively unregulated development and use of artificial intelligence components is coming to an end. As lawmakers consider various proposals, artificial intelligence in the employment context will be increasingly in the spotlight. HR Policy Association is engaged on the issue both on Capitol Hill and via the Recruiting Software Initiative, which aims to help companies understand AI offerings in the recruitment space.