Anyone looking for work these days knows how hard it is to get your resume into the hands of a human. Fortunately, perhaps, it may soon be possible to get hired without that step.
Freelancer.com, an Australian jobs site, is using software algorithms that allow computers to automatically recruit, hire and pay workers to do a wide range of tasks, New Scientist reports.
"Software can now simply post a job and hire one, three, or 500 humans; software can now literally assemble an army overnight to solve complex problems," says Matt Barrie, Freelancer.com's CEO, in a press release.
The site is a clearinghouse for freelance software engineers, writers, Web developers, architects, and others to search for work that companies have outsourced. But now, using a new API, employers can write code that automatically posts job ads, recruits workers, and evaluates their work.
The company offers an example of an online "store," stocked with virtual content generated with the API. The software could recruit people to create and sell more products, and assess who did the best job. Those people would automatically get more work; no need for human input about their performance. As long as the store makes money, and there are freelancers creating content, the machine-led store could continue in perpetuity.
"Whether or not the singularity will eventuate, man and machine became closer with the launch of the FreelancerAPI," reads Freelancer.com's Skynet-happy press release.
The software could even be written to improve itself, by recruiting developers that would improve is own code.
"For the last 60 years, humans have controlled software -- now we're getting to the stage where software can control humans," Barrie tells NS.
So next time you start complaining that your boss is a robot, just be glad that he or she at least has a pulse.
I see this the other way, this can be used to scare your boss: "Don't irritate me or I'll replace you with a short script"
This seems like a valuable tool for analyzing statistics, but algorithms cannot actually understand what makes a particular product or program more successful - just that it sold better. So it's probably a bad plan to put your company's future in the hands of a machine that can't see the big picture.
I can see this thing becoming like Uniblab from the Jetsons. It'll find ways to shortchange employees to make revenue higher.
"The software could even be written to improve itself, by recruiting developers that would improve is own code."
Well, if it hired me to improve it's code, I think I'd modify it to like certain unusual aspects of my resume to hire me more often and perhaps for more money :)
ROFLMBO (PG rated acronym)
This place is a job shop. Their description of the API is amazingly vague, but it mainly seems to be a way to hire contractors to do a WELL DEFINED project. ( definition of what's needed is always the sticky part).
Did not see anything about replacing bosses/evaluating employees etc.
If this means we wouldn't have to put up with those stupid questions asked by the personnel guy its ok with me.
That's one hiring system I do not want to be apart of.
I want a boss that is human, because they judge a person by experience, character, attendance, personality, and team effort. Every boss thinks differently about each of the above. They have their own understanding of who to hire.
A robot cannot ever truly have these judging capabilities and cannot have the ability to think differently or in fact independently of a programer's perspective. Making a robot impossible to have a fair hiring system. Robots are not human and can never think human, so why should I or anyone allow them to hire me and be my boss?
If bosses are taken out the equation how will anyone become higher than staff employee?
This software will be the downfall of business itself if this becomes the major employer system of the future.
This is an interesting concept, but this site seems to be made especially for SPAMmers and crackers. For example, I see a lot of jobs listed for bypassing CAPTCHA, both data entry and character recognition programming. It might not have been the intention of Freelance.com, but the site logic hasn't done much, if anything, about filtering this kind of activity.
Until human bosses actually become obsolete, the best way to avoid the toxic ones is by doing research on potential employers on sites like eBossWatch.
ford2go - it's up to developers to write the software to evaluate candidates as there is an infinite universe of jobs naturally. However we provide a profile of each bidder including reputation, feedback on past work and ratings with which to assist in the evaluation.
Once each job is complete, likewise a rating and feedback can be contributed. Also each bidder has only a selection of qualified categories they can bid in- so for example a job involving marketing will only get bidders with marketing experience.
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Do not see this really being a concern going forward As much as technology can do, it can never replace evaluating the big picture of what ever employee brings to the table.
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