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lurchMohammad Sabah is a former Netflix data scientist who worked on that company’s movie recommendation engine. He brought some of that technology to Workday, an HR software manufacturer. So what’s the result of a marriage between movie recommendations and human resource management? It’s an application called Workday Talent Insights.

What’s that do? It’s kind of cool, actually. The program predicts which employee is likely to quit and what can be done to retain them. It’s not clear how many inputs it evaluates but Your JoeDog can envision an applicable scenario. Let’s say — and why not? — a really tall employee dislikes being known as “Lurch.” The application’s corrective action could be “Stop calling him that!”