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Does AI have religious bias?

2 May, 2023

We’re so excited about getting together in person in Washington DC May 22-24 at the 2023 Dare to Overcome conference.

The conference will include a plenary session and interactive workshop focused on “What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Ethical Implications of using AI in HR.” We’ll also engage solutions and ideas from our expert panelists and from participants.

What questions do you have about AI’s use in HR?

Our goal with these sessions is to spur an ongoing dialogue among “real people” about how companies should curate and optimize the use of AI for HR in ways that respect human dignity.

Here’s just a quick sampler of some of the questions/concerns and ideas we’ve received already (including a few derived from ChatGPT):

Questions about use of AI for HR

  1. 1. How can we ensure that AI tools used in HR do not perpetuate biases or discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their religious beliefs?
  2. 2. How can we ensure that AI-curated data is being used ethically and responsibly?
  3. 3. How can we address allegations of “cancelling” people of various faiths?
  4. 4. How can we guard against eroding of trust in connection with AI’s role in HR?
  5. 5. How can the EEOC help guard against uses of AI in HR that violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 concerning discrimination on the basis of religion?
  6. 6. ___________

Possible “Best practices”

  1. 1. Conduct an audit of current AI tools used in HR and business operations to identify any potential biases or violations of religious freedom.
  2. 2. Consult reps from faith-oriented Employee Resource Groups when designing and responding to AI-generated HR tools.
  3. 3. Provide ongoing oversight of trends concerning HR decisions influenced by AI.
  4. 4. ___________

In advance of the conference, we’re asking participants to send us their concerns and best practices in using AI for HR.

Simply send them to me at kent@religiousfreedomandbusiness.org

Additionally, in the workshop following the panel presentation, we’ll provide an opportunity for attendees to communicate views, concerns, solutions and exhortations, and interact real-time on these kinds of issues.

Thank you in advance for your real-life inputs. We look forward to working with you at the conference to apply AI in HR in ways that respect the dignity and rights of every human being.

Kent Johnson, J.D.
Senior Corporate Advisor
Religious Freedom & Business Foundation