A Russian startup is using Robot Vera, artificial intelligence software designed for recruiting, to help its 300 -odd clients–including PepsiCo, Ikea, and L'Oreal–fill vacant jobs.( Yes, with humans .)

The Benefit

Vera speeds the vetting of high-turnover service and blue-collar stances( clerks, waiters, construction workers ), cutting the time and cost of recruitment by as much as a third, according to its creators. The software can interview hundreds of applicants simultaneously via video or voice bellows, narrowing the field to the most suitable 10 percentage of candidates.

Innovators

Vladimir Sveshnikov( 28) and Alexander Uraksin( 30 ), co-founders of Stafory, a 50 -person startup in St. Petersburg

Origin

The co-founders, with a background in human resources, two years ago procured themselves building hundreds of calls to candidates who'd lost interest in the given task or couldn't be located.” We felt like robots ourselves, so we figured it was better to automate the task ,” Uraksin says.

Development

Vera, named after Sveshnikov's mother, combines speech recognition technologies from Google, Amazon.com, Microsoft, and Russia's Yandex. Programmers fed 13 billion examples of syntax and speech from TV, Wikipedia, and task listings to expand the software's vocabulary and help it speak more naturally and understand responses.

Deployment

The robot started working in Russia in December 2016, and Stafory has since added clients in the Countries of the middle east and pilot projects in Europe and the U.S. The company says its revenue will top$ 1 million this year.

The Verdict

Human recruiters still vet the candidate states cleared by Vera. Sveshnikov and Uraksin are working to teach the bot to recognize rage, pleasure, and letdown, but even though it is it can gauge feelings, Vera shouldn't be viewed as a substitute for traditional HR departments, says Mikhail Chernomordikov, a Microsoft Corp. strategist in Dubai.” Final decisions on hiring ,” he says,” are set aside for humans .”

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