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Weapons of Math Destruction (First Year Read, 2021)

A guide to the 2021 First Year Read pick, Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil.

AI in Insurance

“In the world of WMDs, privacy is increasingly a luxury that only the wealthy can afford.” (p. 170)


The Industry


AI in Action

“If companies set up free and voluntary wellness programs, few would have reason to object. (And workers who opt in to such programs do, in fact, register gains, though they might well have done so without them.) But tying a flawed statistic like BMI to compensation, and compelling workers to mold their bodies to the corporation’s ideal, infringes on freedom. It gives companies an excuse to punish people they don’t like to look at -- and to remove money from their pockets at the same time.” (p. 177)