LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA: We're all aware that soon A.I. would take over all of our work in Louisiana, but I never imagined it would happen this way.

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A bombshell article from The Washington Post detailed how businesses are now utilizing artificial intelligence to determine who gets laid off.

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Many observed that some of Google's 12,000 layoffs last year appeared a little haphazard. Many of their former employees vented online and claimed that artificial intelligence was involved.

According to Google, this is false, and "no algorithm participated" in the layoffs. But it doesn't mean it isn't actually happening.

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300 HR managers were surveyed last year, and 98% of them stated they anticipated using software or algorithms to assist in making layoff decisions this year.

On the surface, it appears to be a quite icy and harsh method of canning humans. Nonetheless, some believe it might level the playing field and prevent the firing of valuable staff.

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The ideal candidate to hire for a position is one of the numerous ways that businesses are already employing this kind of technology.

A.I., for instance, can evaluate skill sets and eliminate candidates. Additionally, it can forecast a person's "flight risk." In other words, will they accept the position and leave a year later?

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Yet it's not yet proficient in every area. For instance, it could fail to acknowledge that a business has discrimination problems. So, it could be assumed that women and people of color are more prone to abandon ship.

In other words, if HR starts mindlessly adopting its recommendations without question, things could get messy.

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