Originally published in Analytics Magazine Book: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil (Crown, September 2016) Book review bottom line: Definitely go read this book, despite the fact that it does convey a certain oversimplifying, “black-and-white” position. Related reading: I devoted all of Chapter two of Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die (2013; 2016) to ethical issues that arise in predictive analytics’ deployment. Parts of that chapter, along with my article “The Risk of Prejudice in Computerized Prediction” in Profiles in Diversity Journal,
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