Weapons of Math Destruction (2016) 4 stars

Weapons of Math Destruction is a 2016 American book about the societal impact of algorithms, …

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4 stars

I, too, was a mathematician once, but I lost my faith. Ms. O'Neil still seems to have much of hers, for an Occupier. I kept thinking she was naive that this stuff is fixable, but I may just be naively paranoid.

That algorithms can be biased was not a surprise to me. Logic itself can be biased because it is dependent on language which, like many WMDs, is a black box. It is full of proxies. Take the term "criminal" which (like "terrorist") brands the one so called as an evil doer. And it's measurable by determining if one has been convicted of anything. You can read [b:The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness|6792458|The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness|Michelle Alexander||6996712] and discover that going to jail is part of systemic racism but when you hear the word "criminal" or "convict", you …