Weapons of Math Destruction : How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
by Cathy O’neil
✅ Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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New York Times best-seller’ Fascinating and deeply disturbing’ – Yuval Noah Harari, Guardian of the Books of the Year”, A Handbook for the 21st Century CitizenAccessible, refreshingly critical, relevant and urgent’ – Federica Cocco, Financial Times, A former Street Wall when emits a red flag on the mathematical models that permeate modern life – and threatens to tear our social fabricWe live in the age of the algorithm.Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives where we go to school, if we get a loan, how much did we pay for insurance – not by humans, but by mathematical models?In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: everyone is judged according to the same rules, and errors are eliminated.And yet, as Cathy O’ Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true.The models used today are opaque, unregulated, and indisputable, even when they are wrong.Most troublingly, they reinforce discriminationThe tracing of the arc of a person’s life, O’ Neil exposes the black box of models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society.These “weapons of mathematical destruction” score teachers and students, sorting out CVs, granting or denying loans, assessing workers, targeting voters, and monitoring our healthO’ Neil calls on modellers to take greater responsibility for their algorithms and on policy makers to regulate their useBut in the end, it’s up to us to become more knowledgeable about the models that govern our lives.This book allows us to ask ourselves difficult questions, uncover the truth, and ask for change.
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