Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
But as mathematician and data scientist Cathy O ...more
As someone who works in the field, I do ...more
Insightful and timely, this book provides a detailed look at how algorithms based on big data don't always tell the truth or lead to a more fair world as they are purported to do. Ra ...more
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Surfing the web, clicking "like" in Facebook, Googling (i.e.searching on line), and making online purchases are common examples where big data is either tracking and potentially impacting our lives. Some of these are benign and can be helpful. ...more
Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review. Just if you might be interested.
Especially the predictions made possible by big data are a frightening aspect so that behavior and personal development can be predicted with increasing probability. Also, like any artificial intelligence, the algorithms and programs become more and more efficient, both in parallel with the growing amount of data ...more
The author is onto something critically important when one reads the title of the book and goes through the first few pages. However, it is a tragedy to see the author falling in love with her own phrase WMD and completely losing the plot. The examples used are good in the beginning but soon turn ridiculous (they would be laughable if not so lamentable for the people involved). In the process, the author loses her cr ...more
‘Weapons of Math Destruction’ is a timely book about the increasing influence of algorithms to control the news we see, the jobs we can get and the politicians we vote for; algorithms working tirelessl ...more
This book did not turn out to be what I was expecting. I expected O'Neil to go more in depth about the math behind data she was discussing, to explore the algorithms in greater detail. That was not what I got, however. This book turned out to be more of a superficial look at some of the ways big data can/has impacted society in the author's opinion. And while I found some of the material presented interesting and informa ...more
For example, the entire example of teacher-rating in DC is a red herring. The real question is: What is proven to deliver success in an urban US school system? (Answer: Hope and Despair in the American City: Why There Are No Bad Schools in Raleigh) So it's valid to point out the silliness of a silly GIGO teacher-rating algorithm, but it's a distraction to fall down the vortex of dissecting that silliness in d ...more
Cathy O'Neil writes well and provides some good information, but I found the fundamental thesis of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy to be foolish and irresponsible. The title, condensed inevitably to WMD, is used promiscuously to describe any application of data science, statistics, or even information technology that she considers to be unfair or discriminatory. In some cases, she may be right; some applications are used by the greedy and...more
I'm broadly in agreement with the thrust of her argument in thi ...more
In particular, as the author demonstrates convincingly, applications of Big Data “punish the poor and the oppressed in our society, while making the rich richer.” She paints a sobering picture.
The author calls the mathematical models emplo ...more
O'Neil takes the idea of "garbage in, garbage out" and ...more
But Big Data has a darkside, and O'Neil goes through each segment of our life to show how these "models" can be used against us, to extract goods from us, and to keep us poor. Unfortunately, she also loses her argumentative power that could come with nuance, and she has to disregard nuance in order to make it understandable ...more
So, for work, I read a lot about big data. A lot. And it's all basically *jackoff motion* uhhnnnggg big dataaaa unnnnnnngggghhh yeah. And that makes me want to die.
This book is refreshingly critical of big data and algorithms, from a blessedly human approach. You might expect a lot of statistics and dryness, but it's a lot of real life stories ...more
I have some issues with her interpretation of things (like crying out "racism" all over the place, and making contradictory points which am ...more
A decent take on the "garbage in-garbage out" theory of data utilization. Cathy O'Neil appears aptly qualified to comment on the phenomenon of data models becoming an amplified version of societies biggest problems. O'Neil has invented her own term, Weapons of Math Destruction (WMDs) to lift the veil on a hidden but very active phenomenon that is perpetrating the racial and class biases that are already prevalent.
Per O'Neil, WMDs are any data a ...more
Math is wonderful but it only does what you tell it to. The thesis of this book is that algorithms used in many facets of our lives can be poorly designed, measure the wrong things, or are just plain misapplied. Just because a computer spit out a number or some fancy looking statistics doesn't mean it's fair or should be blindly tr ...more
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