I’ve been talking a lot about data in my classes, but this book, by Cathy O’Neil (aka Mathbabe), has made me rethink a lot of things, including how data can be used to keep the wealth and income gap firmly in place.
Here’s one fer-instance: If you live in a poor neighborhood, algorithms will measure you less capable of playing off a loan than someone who lives in a high-resource neighborhood. Now, you may be as ready to pay off a loan as any one else, but there you are, caught in an algorithm. The same goes for college admissions.
I love books that make me think.