In the documentary, The Social Dilemma, there are several examples of how algorithms or AI are used in a negative way to influence people. One of these examples is Facebook's advertising methods. In the movie, it is highlighted how Facebook collects information from users to sell to advertising companies to…


The previous chapters of Cathy O'Neil's book Weapons of Math Destruction focused a lot on the education system, and the way potential students are recruited and advertised to. Chapter 5 marks a bit of a significant shift in topic to focusing more on the Criminal Justice aspects of these potentially…


In the last chapter, Cathy O’Neil highlighted several of the ways colleges could use analytic models to try and boost their ranking in the college ranking system. In chapter four this theme is continued but with a slightly different focus. Looking into the ways For-Profit colleges advertise to their recruitment…


There is a lot to consider when choosing a college to attend after high school. Some choose based on location, some based on quality of departments or degree programs offered. One method of evaluating schools however, as outlined in the third chapter of Cathy O’Neill book weapons of math destruction…


In chapter two of Cathy O’Neils book weapons of Math Destruction, she goes in-depth into the titular WMDs and more specifically how she became disillusioned with them. In 2008 she worked for a hedge fund that used mathematical models to make money. These models would rely on historical data to…


In Cathy O’Neil’s novel Weapons of Math Destruction, She discusses how AI Models can be used to perpetuate bias. One major example described in the first chapter is the use of a model called the LSI-R Questionaire, which was used by prisons to determine the risk factor of prisoners. The…


The world’s population is steadily growing by the day, however, an issue that we run into with this is that food production cannot currently keep pace. This is something that will cause major problems the more it goes untreated. I was heavily inspired by my grandfather's work as a farmer…


The Film Ex Machina centers around the character of Caleb Smith, a programmer for the search engine site Blue Book. Who after winning a contest is invited by the mysterious CEO of the company, Nathan, to his luxurious isolated estate. Upon arriving he discovers the true purpose of the trip…

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