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Wednesday, February 7, 2018 — 7:00 PM EST

We live in the age of the algorithm. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as mathematician and author Cathy O’Neil reveals, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Models are propping up the lucky and punishing the downtrodden, creating a “toxic cocktail for democracy.”

Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.

About the speaker

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 — 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST

The Council of Representatives provides two-way communication between the FAUW Board of Directors and each academic unit at Waterloo.