A robot has hired a human being for the first time in history as an AI was left to do job interviews.
Robotic head Tengai has been commissioned to carry out recruitment in the Upplands Bro Municipality, Sweden.
Tengai resembles a head on a stick, with a friendly looking face beamed onto a screen which wraps around his plastic skull.
The robot was developed by recruitment company TNG together with the tech firm Furhat Robotics.
He is reported to have hired a man called Anders Ornhed, from Jarfalla.
Anders has the honour of becoming the first person ever to hired by an AI.
Swedish radio reported Anders got through the interview process with Tengai.
He was given the job as digital coordinator at the municipality office.
Tengai is boasted to be “bias free”.
The robot is not affected by the jobseeker’s age, gender of ethnicity – he just wants the best person for the job.
Anders said: “It’s very different from being interviewed by a human being.
“For example, you do not get any confirmation whether you have answered enough.”
Tengai was designed to “challenge old stereotypes” and help to eliminate humanities “subconscious prejudices”.
TNG bosses claim the robot will create “business value, increased competitiveness and diversity in the workplace”.
Previously, CEO Asa Edman Kallstromer said: “We humans often try to find people who have the same interests and are like ourselves.
“This is often done through private questions that get us emotionally involved.
“The robot never asks such questions and never gets emotional.”
Furhat Robotics advert features a woman with a hijab being turned down by three recruitment managers before being given a job by Tengai.
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