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Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

 Author: Cathy O'Neil  Category: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Civil Liberties, Governance, Health, Privacy Law, Surveillance  Publisher: Crown  ISBN: 9780553418835  Pages: 288

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we can get a job or a loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by machines. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules.

But as mathematician and data scientist Cathy O’Neil reveals, the mathematical models being used today are unregulated and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination—propping up the lucky, punishing the downtrodden, and undermining our democracy in the process. Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.