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Book Club: Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil (Amazon link: Many of us are designing system that utilizing user data, algorithms, AI, and machine learning. Sometimes this data is used by organization to help users other times it's used against users. This book discusses how big data can be misused and how it can be used well. “O’Neil’s book offers a frightening look at how algorithms are increasingly regulating people… Her knowledge of the power and risks of mathematical models, coupled with a gift for analogy, makes her one of the most valuable observers of the continuing weaponization of big data… [She] does a masterly job explaining the pervasiveness and risks of the algorithms that regulate our lives.” —New York Times Book Review Here is her TED Talk: "Cathy O'Neil is a data scientist and author of the blog 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 purchases and clicks. O’Neil started the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia and is the author of Doing Data Science. She is currently a columnist for Bloomberg View." I hope to see many new faces at this meet up. Please reach out if you have any questions! We'll provide some beers and snacks

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    Let's get together and discuss topics that surround the design and product fields. The HCD book club hopes to supplement designers, researchers, product-focused roles, and marketers (anyone is welcomed) with books on topics such as behavioral economics, A.I., hospitiality, anthropology, psychology, etc. All these fields study how people behave. Understanding behavior is also a key part of many of our roles. So let's get academic and discuss how learnings from these broader fields could be applied to our work.

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