Data Science and Social Impact

Data scientist Cathy O’Neil comments on how algorithms — “under the guise of math, fairness, and objectivity — reinforce and magnify the old biases and power dynamics that we hoped they would eliminate.”

via Cathy O’Neil on the Cold Destructiveness of Big Data — Discover


As a computer scientist, this is the kind of thing I’m concerned about. And very few people are sadly aware of it. It’s difficult for computers to solve problems that we, humans, don’t already know how to solve either.

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