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AI is starting to pick who gets laid off

By Pranshu Verma

20 Feb 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

It's well known that Artificial Intelligence is used in making hiring decisions. But in the era of layoffs, AI algorithms are also deciding who stays and who gets the axe. The Washington Post reports.

Days after mass layoffs trimmed 12,000 jobs at Google, hundreds of former employees flocked to an online chatroom to commiserate about the seemingly erratic way they had suddenly been made redundant.

They swapped theories on how management had decided who got cut. Could a "mindless algorithm carefully designed not to violate any laws" have chosen who got the ax, one person wondered in a Discord post The Washington Post could not independently verify.

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