Cathy O'Neil: Do Algorithms Perpetuate Human Bias?
Part 1of theTED Radio Hour episodeCan We Trust The Numbers?
About Cathy O'Neil's TED Talk
Mathematician Cathy O'Neil says algorithms embed existing bias into code — with potentially destructive outcomes. Everyone should question their fairness, not just computer scientists and coders.
About Cathy O'Neil
After receiving a PhD in mathematics from Harvard University in 1999, she taught at Barnard and MIT. She then went on to work as a hedge fund analyst, and later a data scientist, designing algorithms for targeted ads.
O'Neil is the author of several data science books, such as Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.
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