Our lives are increasingly affected by algorithms that guide us, evaluate us, and even police us. In her 2016 book, author Cathy O’Neil leads us through examples of high risk and often destructive uses of “Big Data” affecting everything from evaluating and firing teachers to “predictive” policing. A 2016 White House report warns that algorithmic systems rely on the inputs and logic of the people who design them, and are not infallible. O’Neil’s book is an excellent read, and a much needed wake up call. You’ll find the excellent reviews of this book here, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2016
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016
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