Recognition systems can now be deployed to watch you being interviewed, to gauge your enthusiasm, tenacity and poise.
Algorithms analyze hundreds of details, such as the tone of your voice, your facial expressions and your mannerisms to try and predict how you’ll fit in to the culture of a community.
Startups such as HireVue use A.I. systems to help companies decide which candidates to hire. But this kind of recognition technology has practical applications well beyond job interviews: It can detect when someone is likely to make a purchase—or attempt to shoplift—in a store, whether someone is lying, and whether someone is receptive to new suggestions and ideas.
Unlike security cameras, which tend to have a light indicating they’re recording, algorithms work invisibly, which means that this is an area that could face regulatory scrutiny.
Consumer advocacy organization EPIC filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission asking the FTC to investigate HireVue, alleging its tools produce results that are “biased, unprovable, and not replicable” through algorithmic models.
This trend is part of our section on Artificial Intelligence. Other trends in this section include: