Algorithms are complicated. Yet they are used all the time in our daily lives, including by governments, to perform basic functions. From determining what web page advertisements we see to timing traffic lights, algorithms are often working in the background in ways we overlook.
In this episode, Eric and Sharon chat with Cathy O’Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction, about how using algorithms can have unintended consequences. The conversation touches on defining algorithms, common applications like teacher evaluation mechanisms, and how governments can think about using algorithms better.
If you want to learn more about Cathy and her work, check out the links below for more information.
- Weapons of Math Destruction
- Mathbabe (Cathy’s blog)
- ORCAA (Cathy’s business O’Neil Risk Consulting and Algorithmic Auditing)
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