What You'll Learn:
Algorithms aren’t always seamless strings of coding that translate reality into perfect equations. Rather, algorithms are human creations subject to the same mistakes their users often fall prey to, presenting missteps as insights and using the currency of fact to validate flaws. As the financial world, higher education, and the political realm bend to the numerical whims of algorithms, society grows further from the ideal it wishes to create and imperils those it strives to help. Mathematician Cathy O’Neil exposes the deceptive algorithms our culture has grown dangerously reliant upon, cautioning us to do the math for ourselves, while encouraging everyone to think more critically about the processes which are turning society into an imbalanced equation.