Weapons of Math Destruction
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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 un-contestable, 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. O'Neil calls on modellers 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.

AuthorCathy O'Neil
BindingPaperback
EAN9780241296813
ISBN0241296811
Height850 mm
Length531 mm
Width75 mm
Weight84 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages272
Package Quantity1
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2016-12-10
PublisherPenguin Uk
StudioPenguin Uk
UPC000241296811
Sales Rank96914

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