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Robots that hire and fire staff could soon be employed by the world’s largest hedge fund in bid to improve efficiency

Source | : By JAMES BURTON

Robots could soon be hiring and firing staff at the world’s largest hedge fund under secret plans drawn up to improve efficiency.

A team of engineers at US-based Bridgewater Associates is reportedly developing artificial intelligence which can run the firm without emotions getting in the way.

Billionaire founder Ray Dalio is seeking to create a new business model where most employees are programmers and decisions are made by a computer.

US-based Bridgewater Associates is reportedly developing artificial intelligence

US-based Bridgewater Associates is reportedly developing artificial intelligence

He appointed a clandestine team, called the Systemised Intelligence Lab, to work on the project early in 2015.

It is overseen by David Ferruci, a renowned developer who created IBM’s Watson supercomputer.

That machine was made famous when it beat humans at a game of Jeopardy! in 2011.

Staff at Bridgewater are already asked to rank each other using an electronic system called Dots, and these scores are amalgamated into ‘baseball cards’ which show each worker’s strengths and weaknesses.

Employees also use a program called The Contract to set goals and track how well they achieve them.

It is the beginning of Dalio’s robotic vision for the future of his company, which has around £120 billion in assets.

He wants machines to make three-quarters of all decisions in the next five years.

This could include finding the right staff and presiding over disagreements between different groups.

Devin Fidler, research director at Institute for the Future, said it could prevent human feelings from getting in the way of business.

‘People have a bad day and it then colours their perception of the world and they make different decisions,’ he said. ‘In a hedge fund, that’s a big deal.’

He described the plans as ‘ambitious’ but added: ‘A lot of management is basically information work, the sort of thing that software can get very good at.’

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