Weapons of Math Destruction

How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Ranked #3 in Big Data, Ranked #5 in Business Statisticssee more rankings.

Longlisted for the National Book Award
New York Times Bestseller

A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life -- and threaten to rip apart our social fabric

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives--where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance--are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is...

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Paula Boddington How the use of algorithms has affected people’s lives and occasionally ruined them. (Source)

Ramesh Srinivasan This book is a really fantastic analysis of how quantification, the collection of data, the modelling around data, the predictions made by using data, the algorithmic and quantifiable ways of predicting behaviour based on data, are all built by elites for elites and end up, quite frankly, screwing over everybody else. (Source)

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