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Weapons of Math Destruction

By: Cathy O'Neil

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we can get a job or a loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans but by machines. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules.
 
But as mathematician and data scientist Cathy O'Neil reveals, today's mathematical models are unregulated and uncontestable, even when they're wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination—propping up the lucky, punishing the downtrodden, and undermining our democracy. Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.


A former Wall Street quant sounds the alarm on Big Data and the mathematical models that threaten to rip apart our social fabric—with a new afterword.

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“A manual for the twenty-first-century citizen . . . relevant and urgent.”

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

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Weapons of Math Destruction

2022 Selection

Weapons of Math Destruction

By: Cathy O'Neil

 

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