Austin Computer Book Club

Review: Weapons of Math Destruction

A good review of our May book from the Scientific American blog Roots of Unity:

O’Neil talks about financial WMDs and her experiences , but the examples in her book come from many other facets of life as well: college rankings, employment application screeners, policing and sentencing algorithms, workplace wellness programs, and the many inappropriate ways credit scores reward the rich and punish the poor. As an example of the latter, she shares the galling statistic that “in Florida, adults with clean driving records and poor credit scores paid an average of $1552 more than the same drivers with excellent credit and a drunk driving conviction.” (Emphasis hers.)

(Read the whole thing here.)

We’ll be meeting on Tuesday, May 22 to discuss Weapons of Math Destruction; find all the details, including where to get your copy, in this post. See you there!

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