Weapons of Math Destruction
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  Cathy O'Neil   Cathy O'Neil
Data Scientist
The Math Babe


Wednesday, April 5, 2017
04:15 PM - 05:30 PM

Level:  Business/Strategic

Cathy O'Neil defines Weapons of Math Destruction, a class of algorithms that have the potential to destroy lives, increase inequality, and threaten democracy.

Cathy O'Neil is the author of the New York Times bestselling "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy," which was also a semifinalist for the National Book Award. She earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard, was a postdoctoral fellow in the MIT math department, and was a a professor at Barnard College where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She then switched over to the private sector, working as a quantitative analyst for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis, and then for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. She left finance in 2011 and started working as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene, building models that predicted people's purchases and clicks. Cathy wrote "Doing Data Science" in 2013 and launched the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia in 2014. She is a weekly guest on the Slate Money podcast.

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