Cathy O'neil: 'Weapons Of Math Destruction'

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We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly mathematical models, not people, are making decisions about our lives, from where we go to school to whether we get a car loan to how much we pay for health insurance. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated, right? Data scientist and author Cathy O’Neil (mathbabe.org) says the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable—even when they’re deeply flawed. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination, for example, a poor student can’t get a loan because a lending model deems him too risky based on his zip code. These models prop up the lucky and punish the downtrodden, creating a “toxic cocktail for democracy.” Tracing the arc of a person’s life, from college to retirement, O’Neil exposes the black box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society.
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