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    Seeking Workplace Diversity, Some Firms Turn to Tech

    Yeah, but who designed the algorithm? In an attempt to prevent discrimination against women and minority candidates and employees, some companies are hoping that technology can limit unconscious bias — and keep them from getting sued. Replacing human decisions and prejudices with blind algorithms for hiring and promotions should make for fairer workplaces. But though “blind” software encouraging diverse and respectful company culture may be a step in the right direction, experts warn that algorithms can themselves contain bias, reflecting which standards and performance goals their authors value.

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