Tech Talk: Weapons of Math Destruction

Written by Brian Wesolowski

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CDT’s Tech Talk is a podcast where we dish on tech and Internet policy, while also explaining what these policies mean to our daily lives. You can find Tech Talk on SoundCloud iTunes, and Google Play.

Is math biased? That seems like a silly question – in math there is right and wrong, so how could it possibly be biased? But humans use math and develop mathematical models and algorithms, and humans can certainly be biased. So, maybe math can be biased.

In her new book, Weapons of Math Destruction, Cathy O’Neil explores how big data is increasing inequality and threatening democracy – that is actually the subtitle for the book.

In our conversation, Cathy covered a number of issues, including the recent election, teacher scoring, and predictive policing. Definitely tune in to this episode of Tech Talk – and buy her book

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