Nine years ago I asked the question "Can we localize entire libraries?" In the wake of the National Library of Norway's (Nasjonalbiblioteket) digitization of its holdings and collaboration with Nigeria on materials in the latter's languages, it seems like time to review what mass digitization could mean for translation of knowledge into diverse languages. My … Continue reading After digitizing libraries, translating knowledge?
A few days ago, LinkedIn (LI) sent me an email saying that "because you recently viewed" a particular position listed in their jobs section, "you might also like" a list of 25 others. I didn't. But I do see this automatically generated mailing - however well intended - as part of a larger trend that … Continue reading [LI] Other people’s job algorithms – is this a path we want to follow?
Apparently "70% of people in 2016 were hired at a company where they had a connection," per publicity tweeted by LinkedIn. This puts a number on the old saying, "it's not what you know but who you know." But beyond exhortations to network harder, what else might such a statistic tell us about the job … Continue reading [LI] An employment “filter bubble”?
Recent research published by Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) - "Deal or No Deal? End-to-End Learning for Negotiation Dialogues" - shows that it is possible to train bots to do negotiations. Could this technology be used by job seekers and employers to arrive at optimal salaries? What is interesting is that FAIR's bots were negotiating … Continue reading [LI] Could bots do salary negotiations better than we do?
So, if there were AI (artificial intelligence) bots or intelligent agents (IAs) to assist people looking for employment or a new job, how might they interact with increasingly intelligent processes used by organizations doing recruiting and hiring? And how could that change job seeking and hiring? In a previous article on LinkedIn ("Towards AI for … Continue reading [LI] Some thoughts on AI, intelligent agents, & transformation of the job market
Below are three separate items (not articles) posted to LinkedIn on 24-25 April 2017. They each consist of a link plus a brief discussion. The theme again is aspects of the job market in the wake of automation. "Resume Apps and Tricks to Get Past the Bots," Uncubed.com, 24 May 2017 (posted 24 May 2017) This is … Continue reading [LI] Bots, chatbots, & job applications
The 12th biennial Language and Development Conference (LDC) will be held in Dakar, Senegal, on 27-29 November 2017. The call for participation (CFP) deadline has been extended to 31 May (apologies as I'm just catching up on this). The theme of this edition of the conference is: Language and the Sustainable Development Goals. From the … Continue reading CFP: Language and Development 2017