Weapons of Math Destruction (Cathy O’Neil)

Weapons of Math Destruction is a non-fiction book by Cathy O’Neil.
Finished on: 15.12.2021

Algorithms are practically everywhere now, running evaluation programs, deciding about search results or job applications. But they are far from the objective tool people would like it to be, and often they are harmful instead of helpful. O’Neil examines algorithms in this book and how they go from simple mathematics to Weapons of Math Destruction.

Weapons of Math Destruction is a very readable and very comprehensive look at the effect of algorithms, tracing both the areas in which they are used in a general way, and personalizing the effects with stories of particular people. It’s definitely a good primer on the subject.

The book cover in yellow, showing a flow diagram in the shape of a skull and bones.
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