We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that
affect our lives - whether we get a job or a loan, how much we pay for
insurance - are being made by mathematical models. In theory, this should
lead to greater fairness- everyone is judged according to the same rules,
and bias is eliminated. But as Cathy O'Neil reveals in this urgent and
necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are
opaque, unregulated, and incontestable, even when they're wrong. Most
troubling, they reinforce discrimination, creating a toxic cocktail for
democracy. Tracing the arc of a person's life, Cathy O'Neil exposes the
black box models that shape our future as individuals and as a society.
These weapons of math destruction score teachers and students, sort CVs,
grant or deny loans, evaluate workers, target voters and monitor our
health. O'Neilcalls on modellers to take more responsibility for their
algorithms and on policy makers to regulate their use. But in the end, it's
up to us to become more savvy about the models that govern our lives.

Cathy O'Neil—Weapons Of Math Destruction - How Big Data Increases Inequality An

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