Lecture: "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy"


Location: Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Libraries

Author of the New York Times bestseller, Weapons of Math Destruction, mathematician and Data skeptic, Cathy O’Neil, uncovers the dark secrets of big data, showing how our “objective” algorithms could in fact reinforce human bias. In this talk Cathy O’Neil will introduce the ethical matrix, a construction borrowed from moral philosophy, as a way of organizing our thoughts around important and urgent questions like these. In her thought provoking and humorous way, Cathy will discuss how big data and analytics impact all aspects of life, from scoring teachers and students, sorting résumés, granting (or denying) loans, evaluating workers, targeting voters, setting parole, and monitoring our health.

This is a free event and is open to all. 

Organized by the MS-ACMS: Data Science program, the event is co-sponsored by the Mendoza College of Business and the Office of the Provost.
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