The new world of algorithms, automation and artificial intelligence is beginning to excite business leaders around the world. Like other industries, mundane and resource-consuming tasks in recruitment are being relinquished to automated processes that save time and money. While algorithms will never replace the human touch, as technology evolves algorithmic platforms will improve and even hold the promise of self-learning capabilities, opening up many new doors. Automation and artificial intelligence People often ask how algorithms work. Basically, like a recipe has ingredients, an algorithm has inputs. Algorithmic platforms respond to trigger points, which instruct the next step in a procedure. For example, a recruiting software as a service (SaaS) platform will learn that if X million companies experience a certain scenario, a probable outcome will occur \u2014 essentially checking against specific values while asking itself what has been learned over a set amount of time. It knows that if you do this, then that will happen and, therefore, can suggest how best to work towards a positive result.