New research states that artificial intelligence (AI) is hurting women's careers because of algorithms built on biased data.
The report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the Inter-American Development Bank says that job platforms generate fewer ads for high-paying jobs for users who select the female gender.
UNESCO's Marielza Oliveira says recruitment and HR recommendation algorithms are based on historical data with baked-in bias against women. AI also tends to pair women with jobs demanding soft skills, which are not compensated as highly as those requiring hard skills, maintaining the gender pay gap. New systems are trying to address this by reconsidering language used in job ads.
"We cannot have innovation by depreciating and disengaging half of the brains of the world," Oliveira says. "If we want AI to work, we really need to make it inclusive."
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