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Weapons of math destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy

Weapons of math destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy

O'Neil, Cathy

Book. English.
Published London: Allen Lane, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Cathy O'Neil
ISBN: 0241296811, 9780241296813
Note: We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives - where we go to school, whether we get a loan, how much we pay for insurance - are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. And yet, 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. Tracing the arc of a person's life, O'Neil exposes the black box models that shape our future, both 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.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: x, 259 p. ; 22 cm.
Subject: Democracy.; Algorithms Social aspects.; Mathematical models Social aspects.; Big data Social aspects.