Beth Kovitt2 hours ago
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Due to the rapid increase in automation and the use of artificial intelligence i.e. AI, human jobs are declining all over the world. Most of the layoffs are happening at technology-related companies in the name of cost-cutting and fear of recession. Artificial intelligence will not only replace humans, but HR managers are also using it to drive layoffs.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that AI, once used to speed up and simplify decision-making in the technology sector, is now being used to create a workforce. According to the firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, there were about 42,000 layoffs at technology companies in the US last month, the second largest number.
A report by Captera, an arm of the technology research company Gartner, states that 98% of HR leaders surveyed believe they will rely on software and algorithms of some kind to reduce labor costs if a recession hits in 2023. Managing daily wage workers through algorithms is nothing new.
In 2021, Bloomberg News reported that Amazon was tracking its delivery drivers, some of whom were fired via automated email after an algorithm determined they were not meeting their goals.
However, office workers have escaped scrutiny so far as data to track them in the same way is lacking. But with the growing popularity of employee productivity scores, tracking them is also possible. AIs are enabled to monitor every keyboard stroke and mouse click and can include in a product downlist based on their productivity.
Amazon’s self-service device became a victim of controversy
According to some experts, Amazon has developed an automated tool to screen job applicants. The system was trained to look at historical data from people who have submitted CVs in the past. But because the tech industry is dominated by men and most of the previous candidates were men, women applicants faced pushback. However, Amazon later stopped this program.