Weapons of Math Destruction: Book Talk by Cathy O'Neil

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We are super excited to announce that our own Cathy O’Neil has written a book Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. From the book review by Richard Beales: “O’Neil had an epiphany in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis: mathematical models were “not only deeply entangled in the world’s problems but also fueling many of them.” A convert’s passion runs through the book as the author explores how math can flip over to the dark side. Flawed algorithms, applied widely, become the WMDs of the title”.

“O’Neil calls on modelers 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. This important book empowers us to ask the tough questions, uncover the truth, and demand change.”

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