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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

The rise of MEI: merit, excellence and intelligence

MEI -- merit, excellence, and intelligence -- will determine hiring at Scale AI, declares CEO Alexandr Wang in a statement. "That means we hire only the best person for the job, we seek out and demand excellence, and we unapologetically prefer people who are very smart."


Alexandr Wang made the cover of Forbes

An MIT dropout, Wang became the world's youngest self-made billionaire at age 25, by supplying AI companies with "human workers and software services that label and test the data used to train" their models.


"We do not unfairly stereotype, tokenize, or otherwise treat anyone as a member of a demographic group rather than as an individual," Wang wrote. "We believe that people should be judged by the content of their character — and, as colleagues, be additionally judged by their talent, skills, and work ethic."


"No group has a monopoly on excellence," Wang writes, so "a hiring process based on merit will naturally yield a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas."


Wang's parents, both Chinese immigrants, were physicists in Los Alamos.


MEI will "get us where we’re going, as we embark on our next chapter focusing on data abundance, frontier data, and reliable measurement to accelerate the development and adoption of AI models," he concludes. (I have no idea what that means.)


Silicon Valley leaders praised the meritocracy pledge, reports Fox Business.


Elon Musk tweeted "Great!" In 2023, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO wrote that "DEI must die," adding that, "The point was to end discrimination, not replace it with different discrimination."


"Well said!" wrote Brian Armstrong, CEO of Coinbase. "I expect others will follow." 


DEI-related jobs increased 55 percent from June to August 2020, but some corporations are cutting back. "Zoom axed its internal DEI team amid broader layoffs" in February reports Taylor Telford in the Washington Post. "Meta, Tesla, DoorDash, Lyft, Home Depot, Wayfair and X were among major corporations making steep cuts in 2023, slashing the size of their DEI teams by 50 percent or more."

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superdestroyer
6월 18일

As the evidence in the SFFA V Harvard showed, there is little place for merit in academics. There is no way to separate the merit from the advantages.

From:

https://www.commentary.org/articles/christine-rosen/the-meritocracy-blues/


"In the immediate aftermath of Operation Varsity Blues, the FBI sting operation that led to the arrest of 50 people for bribery and fraud for their efforts to get children into schools such as Georgetown University, the University of Southern California, and Yale University when they otherwise would not have been admitted, the verdict seemed clear: The college admissions game was rigged, and meritocracy is a myth. "

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markmoss1
markmoss1
6월 20일
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If you're a Kennedy, Gore, or Bush with offspring who perform poorly in school due to laziness or low intelligence, you bribe an elite college with a building or fund a professor's seat, and it's all OK . But if you can't afford such large bribes and still want your substandard crotch fruit to flunk out of a good college, the FBI will be investigating you.

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m_t_anderson
6월 18일

Back in the day. whjte folks pulled their kids out of public schools 'cause they thought the black kids were lowering the standards. Nowadays, they pull their kids out 'cause the Asian kids are raising the standards. There's no pleasin' some white folks.

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