Strange loops and things we saw coming
Thanks for the kind words, Helen, and indeed agreeing to come on the podcast!
There's much to be cautious and sad about in what you share above, but this made me laugh: "Maybe with AI interviewing AI, the loop will eventually spit out the most suitable AI for the job."
Hiring is entirely broken, and I can only hope for results from recent moves to remove a) university degrees as a proxy to find 'the right sort of candidate', and b) CVs as the first step of the hiring process. I somewhat doubt that, though, and in fact what's beginning to replace both is probably worse.
Thanks for continuing to write so eloquently and provide so many links! One post from you adds to my reading list significantly 😅
The idea of one suite of AI software interviewing another set for a job made me laugh, but I guess it's just another step along the road to the promised land of appointing candidates that are so unexceptionable that no-one needs to even know they are there.
The Biobank thing is interesting (and not just because my data's in there too!). I agreed to participate on the same understanding as you, expecting that the game was being played with a straight bat. It's an asymmetrical game.
I suspect for many people the idea of corporations gaining and profiting from their personal data would be greeted with a shrug. For a percentage of us, this all happens in a seemingly benign environment. If the politics of the last few years tells us anything, it's that the veneer of civil society can be eggshell thin and the guardrails that prevent truly awful, personally impactful things happening with that data may vanish leaving us with no protection. We act like that's just not a possibility.
Of course, for a large number of the disadvantaged and marginalised in our society, that is already their reality.