Weapons Of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality And Threatens Democracy

September 5, 2017|
Weapons Of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality And Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'neil
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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
 
“A manual for the twenty-first-century citizen . . . relevant and urgent.”—Financial Times
 
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review The Boston GlobeWired • Fortune • Kirkus Reviews • The Guardian • Nature • On Point
 
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, the mathematical models being used today 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 in the process. Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.
Cathy O''Neil is a data scientist and author of the blog mathbabe.org. She earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard and taught at Barnard College before moving to the private sector, where she worked for the hedge fund D. E. Shaw. She then worked as a data scientist at various start-ups, building models that predict people’s pu...
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Title:Weapons Of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality And Threatens Democracy
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:288 pages, 8 X 5.2 X 0.62 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 8 X 5.2 X 0.62 in
Published:September 5, 2017
Publisher:Crown
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780553418835

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