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Weapons of Math Destruction: invisible, ubiquitous algorithms are ruining millions of lives

Weapons of Math Destruction: invisible, ubiquitous algorithms are ruining millions of lives

http://boingboing.net/2016/09/06/weapons-of-math-destruction-i.html

Think piece and book:

“Discussions about big data’s role in our society tends to focus on algorithms, but the algorithms for handling giant data sets are all well understood and work well. The real issue isn’t algorithms, it’s models. Models are what you get when you feed data to an algorithm and ask it to make predictions. As O’Neil puts it, “Models are opinions embedded in mathematics.“”

Stephen

Posted on: September 22, 2016, 6:44 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Here’s another perspective on O’Neil’s book from the Educator Impact Lab at Mathematica Policy Research https://www.edimpactlab.com/commentary/beware-hyped-claims-of-wmd