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Harassment-Reporting AI Chatbots

Spot is an AI Bot That Anonymously Reports Workplace Harassment

— February 23, 2018 — Tech
A vast majority of workplace harassment cases go unreported, and a new AI-infused device entitled 'spot' is helping individuals report these instances anonymously.

Office politics and the fear of judgement are just some of the reasons why these cases go unreported. Realizing these issues with the system, Dylan Mariott and Daniel Nicolae partnered with scientist Dr. Julia Shaw to develop a more reliable system to help victims and by-standers make a report.

Spot is a chatbot that offers a non-judgmental means of disclosing an incident. The device's AI capabilities can respond to an individuals claims with relevant follow-up questions, and will even print a time-stamped copy of the report, should the individual need to follow up in-person. After someone has disclosed an incident, the report will be anonymously emailed to the employer.


Image Credit: Spot
Trend Themes
1. AI-empowered Harassment Reporting - Technologies like 'spot' enable anonymous and non-judgmental incident disclosures through AI messaging systems that can send reports to employers.
2. Whistleblower Chatbots - AI chatbots in the workplace allow individuals to safely report concerns without fear of judgement or retribution.
3. Anonymous Reporting Technologies - Innovations like 'spot' and other anonymous reporting tools help address the underreporting of harassment by providing an unidentifiable line of communication for incident disclosures.
Industry Implications
1. Human Resource Management - AI chatbots like 'spot' have disruptive potential in the realm of human resource management as a technology that could increase transparency and strengthen corporate responsibility in the workplace.
2. Legal and Compliance - Software like 'spot' offers businesses a new tool in maintaining legal and ethical compliance by providing a non-judgmental and anonymous method for reporting incidents of harassment.
3. Information Technology - IT professionals are in a unique position to capitalize on disruptive reporting technology like AI chatbots to enhance workplace transparency and accountability.
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