Book review: Weapons of math destruction

Another book with controversial ideas: instead of attaining the purpose of the objectives as intended, big data algorithms turn out to be a “destructive weapon”, e.g., being used as political propaganda rather than democracy mean, prejudice enforcement rather than crime prediction, exploiting “false positive” marginal groups rather than providing fair treatment to population, shifting the world to be unfair and unemphatic. Very much alike with Orlikowski’s duality of technology thesis: once a technology is institutionalized, it may lose connection with human agents that constructed it or gave it meaning.

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