Book Feast: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil

Finger Lakes Community College
3325 Marvin Sands Drive
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Phone: (585) 785-1454
Date(s): October 11, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM
Price: $75
Email: lisa.scott@flcc.edu
Details

Begin the evening at 5:30 p.m. in the designated Book Feast private dining room in the FLCC Student Center and get acquainted with your fellow dinner companions over award-winning wine created by students in FLCC's viticulture program. A gourmet dinner created by students and faculty in the Culinary Arts capstone course will be served at 6 p.m. Participants will then savor four courses and delve into a lively discussion led by an FLCC faculty or community member who will offer a unique perspective on the evening's book selection. Space is limited to 12 guests per evening.

Moderated by Charlotte Cline, FLCC Associate Professor of Humanities

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives-where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance-are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as Cathy O'Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they're wrong. Tracing the arc of a person's life, O'Neil exposes the black box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society. These "weapons of math destruction" score teachers and students, sort resumes, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole, and monitor our health. O'Neil calls on modelers to take more responsibility for their algorithms and on policy makers to regulate their use. But in the end, it's up to us to become more savvy about the models that govern our lives. This important book empowers us to ask the tough questions, uncover the truth, and demand change.

Book Feast: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil