Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Understand the Math that Rules Your Universe

As a person with an engineering degree from Purdue, I am well-versed in the use of math.  Of course, anything that can be used can also be misused.  In Weapons of Math Destruction Cathy O'Neil exposes the pain and suffering caused, sometimes unintentionally, by the mathematical models that pervade our society. 

Any time a person interacts with a system--financial, educational, medical, etc.---a model is determining or limiting possible outcomes.  From your loan interest rate to college acceptance to landing that job interview, know that nobody is looking at you as a unique individual.  Instead, they are letting a computer fit you into an algorithm and either accept you for further processing or deny you access before you even speak to a human being.

This frightening and enlightening book must be read even by the math-averse.  You don't have to be an engineer to be affected by math--or even destroyed by it.

I received a free review copy of the e-book for my honest opinion.

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