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Cathy O'Neil - Weapons of Math Destruction (Stephan Weiss Lecture Series)

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Starr Foundation Hall, Room UL102, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

In this talk, mathematician, data scientist, and author Cathy O’Neil will outline various problems stemming from powerful, opaque, and unfair algorithms currently being deployed against workers, consumers, and citizens. She will discuss political, experimental, academic, and journalistic approaches we could take to address these problems, and how these efforts might possibly compete with powerful industry lobbies. 

Cathy O’Neil is a data scientist and the author of the book Weapons of Math Destruction and of the blog mathbabe.org. She earned a PhD in mathematics from Harvard and taught at Barnard College before moving to the private sector, where she worked for the hedge fund D. E. Shaw. She has since worked as a data scientist at various start-ups, building models that predict people’s purchases and clicks. O’Neil started the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia and is the author of Doing Data Science. She is currently a columnist for Bloomberg View

Presented by the School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design. 

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