PyLadies Chicago Book Club - Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil

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Curious about the ethics in data science? Wonder what the fall out of "WMDs", as O'Neil calls them, is? Maybe you're curious about the impacts that data science and the data economy has as it increasingly expands from the professional to the personal space?

As a send off for 2017, PyLadies Chicago is hosting a book club (hosted at eSpark Learning) to discuss - "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy" by mathematician and data scientist activist Cathy O'Neil ( Book information can be found at here (

Come prepared with questions, feedback, thoughts!

RSVP will guarantee a seat! Food/beverage will not be provided. Conversation will be free for all!

We'll email other readings to help prime the conversation but some other content to help you get started:

- Abuse of an Algorithm Comes as No Surprise (2016 - Papers We Love talk

- Age of the Algorithm (99% Invisible September 2017 Podcast episode

- Scientists and Activists use Data to Give a Platform to People of Color (Vice July 2017

- The New Hot Take: Machine Learning is Racist (Medium Matt Burnes

- Microsoft Created a Twitter Bot to Learn from Users it Quickly Became a Racist Jerk (New York Times

Note on our venue host:

eSpark Learning, our vision is that every student, regardless of their circumstance or background, has the opportunity to set and realize an ambitious dream for themselves. Our mission is to re-imagine learning so it's student centered, enabling students to succeed in school and life. Learn more at (