Dobbins is also concerned about the new zero-tolerance policy, which suggests that employees will be fired if they are shown to engage in discriminatory behavior. Dobbins says these policies can discourage employees from bringing complaints when they experience or witness harassment because they’re worried they may get backlash for getting someone fired. “Already, a vanishingly small percentage of people who experience harassment at work actually complain,” he says. “With a zero-tolerance policy, employees worry that the retaliation against them will be much harsher.” … [Read more...] about Sephora has a sweeping new plan for combating racism. But will it work?
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HAI’s reach as an institution is helping to cross new divides as well, beyond those that separate academic worlds. Partnerships with corporations, governments, and NGOs, for instance, will be essential in building a larger community around these values. Already, for example, they’ve helped us organize cross-disciplinary workshops that bring ethical, philosophical, and legal expertise to bear on contentious technologies like facial recognition, with audiences of executives and legislators at both the state and federal level. And our relationships with tech leaders like Google and Amazon allow us to offer powerful cloud computing access—a foundational but often cost-prohibitive resource for modern AI research—to young, innovative thinkers in the form of grants. … [Read more...] about An artificial intelligence scholar urges technologists to embrace humility
When you’re counting on a chunk of money from the government, few statements are more frustrating than “the check’s in the mail,” but that’s essentially what the Internal Revenue Service has been telling taxpayers over the last nine days who are still waiting for their $600 stimulus checks. … [Read more...] about IRS stimulus checks: Painfully slow mailed-out payments frustrate many Americans