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The Sciences

Google Mind Reader

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumMay 20, 2009 9:36 PM


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According to The Wall Street Journal,

Google Inc

. is concerned about losing its most promising engineers, designers, and sales execs as growth dilutes the perks of a start-up atmosphere and soaring stock price. What to do? Well turns out those creative folks at the internet search giant have more up their sleeve than fancy new gmail features. They've developed an algorithm that crunches data on their 20,000 employees--based on reviews, promotions, and pay histories--to identify who's most likely to quit:

Google's algorithm helps the company "get inside people's heads even before they know they might leave," said Laszlo Bock, who runs human resources for the company.

Just when I thought Google couldn't possibly surprise us anymore... They up and read minds!



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