On January 2nd it was reported that scientists had developed AI to identify sexual harassment online, and that anti-sexual harassment online bots provided by Chicago-based AI company NexLP had been used by more than 50 customers, including law firms in London. The robot uses trained algorithms to identify potential bullying in company documents, emails and chats, including sexual harassment.
Analyze the various indicators of the data to determine the likelihood of a problem, and then send anything that AI considers problematic to a lawyer or personnel manager for investigation, which is confidential.
Jay Leib, chief executive of NexLP, says that there is no full grasp of all patterns of sexual harassment, and that Jay once thought it was a dirty word, but that sexual harassment was in many different ways. It could be bad news, it could be yellow pictures, etc.
The industry is said to be very promising, as one-third of female lawyers in the UK alone have experienced sexual harassment. But there are also questions about the idea that Al Robotics may reveal company secrets and become another way for employers to control employees.
Sam Smethers, chief executive of Fawcett Society, a women’s rights ngo, said: “This has implications for staff’s privacy and could be abused. She suggested that better education on appropriate attitudes and behaviours was better for staff. “