AI in the job market and the health-care system
An artificial-intelligence hiring system has become a powerful gatekeeper for some of the country’s most prominent employers, reshaping how companies assess their workforce — and how prospective employees prove their worth.
Designed by the recruiting-technology company HireVue, the system uses candidates’ computer or cellphone cameras to analyze their facial movements, word choice and speaking voice before ranking them among other applicants based on an automatically generated “employability” score.
Tech reporter Drew Harwell says there are a lot of questions about whether this system could give companies that use it a “license to discriminate.” With those questions left unanswered, big companies such as Hilton and Goldman Sachs are already using the program.
Bias in algorithms is not just a concern in hiring. As health and science reporter Carolyn Y. Johnson reports, an algorithm used to rank which patients deserve more medical care has been found to perpetuate racial biases in medicine that already disadvantage black patients.
- A face-scanning algorithm increasingly decides whether you deserve the job
- Racial bias in a medical algorithm favors white patients over sicker black patients
- Wanted: The ‘perfect babysitter.’ Must pass AI scan for respect and attitude.
Education Department gave millions in student loans to ineligible colleges
Under the Trump administration, the Education Department approved nearly $11 million in the form of grants and loans to colleges that are ineligible for such aid, according to documents released Tuesday.
The colleges — the Illinois Institute of Art and the Art Institute of Colorado — were classified as for-profit, non-accredited colleges at the time they were granted the federal money, despite authorities’ knowledge that they did not qualify. At the time, senior education officials wrote to the owner of the colleges, Dream Center Education Holdings, saying they would retroactively designate the colleges as nonprofits.
Reporter Danielle Douglas-Gabriel says the documents show the latest development in an investigation of Dream Center’s practices, what role the Education Department played in the handling of those funds and how the department interacts with for-profit institutions.
“Certainly, the department does not support the idea of schools preying upon students,” Douglas-Gabriel says. “But some of its actions makes it seem that there is support for these for-profit schools.”
- Trump administration let nearly $11 million in student aid go to unaccredited for-profit colleges
- The rise of the covert for-profit college
- Federal judge slams DeVos and Education Department for violating order and weighs sanction
In Lebanon, frustration with a decades-old government finally boils over
Massive protests erupted across Lebanon last week, triggered by the government’s plan to impose a tax on the messaging app WhatsApp and fueled by an economic crisis in the small Mediterranean country that has led to gasoline stoppages and ATM outages.
Beirut correspondent Sarah Dadouch says the demonstrators are angry at the government's decision to increase taxes, instead of clamping down on rampant clientelism and corruption in state institutions.
Dalton Bennett on the unexpected meeting between Rudolph W. Giuliani and an Emirati princess. Aaron Blake sums up the latest developments of the impeachment inquiry. And Rick Maese explains how coastal sports teams are planning for climate change.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Kareem Fahim travels with a refugee couple seeking a new life outside of Syria. And Julie Zauzmer on a Republican PAC working to get the Amish population out to vote.
Friday, October 25, 2019