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In “Weapons of Math Destruction,” No. 5 on the education best-seller list, Cathy O’Neil says our reliance on algorithms exacerbates whatever inequality already exists.
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Humor / odd : Boing Boing I was hugely impressed with Cathy "Mathbabe" O'Neil's talk at Personal Democracy Forum 2015, "Weapons of Math Destruction," in which she laid out the way that the "opaque, unregulated, and...

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