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

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

By O'Neil, Cathy

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New York Times Bestseller 'Fascinating and deeply disturbing' - Yuval Noah Harari, Guardian Books of the Year 'A manual for the 21st-century citizen...accessible, refreshingly critical, relevant and urgent' - Federica Cocco, Financial Times A former Wall Street quant sounds an al...arm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life - and threaten to rip apart our social fabric 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 incontestable, 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.
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ISBN 9780141985411
Released AU 19 Jun 2017
Publisher Penguin
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780141985411
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Released 19 Jun 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By O'Neil, Cathy
Category Political Ideologies
Political Structures: Democracy
Economic Statistics
Mathematics
Impact Of Science & Technology On Society
Popular Science
Data Structures
Computer Programming: Algorithms & Procedures
Machine Learning
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 16mm
Dewey Code 303.483;303.483
Weight 202g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text Science: General & Reference
ONIX Text College/higher education;General/trade;Professional and scholarly

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