Algorithmic Overloads “Like” The Status Quo Argues Cathy O’ Neil

Cathy O’Neil argues that algorithm’s automate the staus quo and calls for activism against the algorithmic overloads.

The intro reads:

Algorithms decide who gets a loan, who gets a job interview, who gets insurance and much more — but they don’t automatically make things fair. Mathematician and data scientist Cathy O’Neil coined a term for algorithms that are secret, important and harmful: “weapons of math destruction.”

The talk is an excellent introduction to critically assessing what the proliferation of algorithms mean for the status quo, and why it may help to maintain that.

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