TED talk: blind faith in big data must end

Super interesting and short talk by Cathy O’Neil about

  • What is an algorithm
  • Why they are subjective, flawed and unfair
  • How they can have disastrous effects in people’s lives
  • How they perpetuate the past and historical discrimination
  • Why they are so difficult to scrutinise
  • And, thus, why we can not have blind faith in big data

If you are interested in this topic, you might also want to check Cathy’s book, Weapons of Math Destruction (non-affiliate link).

 

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