State Rep. Jaime M. Andrade Jr. has a pretty good grasp on technology. He’s a gadget geek who is trying to create a niche in Springfield as a technology watchdog.
Last year, Andrade sponsored the Illinois Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act, which requires employers to get consent from job applicants when artificial intelligence will be used in a video interview. The law limits who at a company can view the AI videos — which use computer algorithms to analyze and rate such things as an applicant’s tone of voice and facial expressions. Employers must destroy videos if applicants request that.
Andrade wanted an even tougher bill, and we hope he will get it in the future. The concern over artificial intelligence is that it depends on algorithms. “Machine learning is only as good as the data it’s given,” he says. But, as Andrade points out, data can be biased. He’s trying to curb discriminatory technology.
Andrade is endorsed over newcomer Syamala Krishnamsetty, a social services worker.
A knock on Andrade is that he used to be a lobbyist for the city of Chicago. To be clear, he’s never been accused of wrongdoing. But when elected state officials moonlight as lobbyists, it creates, at a minimum, the perception of a conflict of interest. Andrade doesn’t have to worry about that anymore. The practice was banned in Chicago in December.
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