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Friday, June 19, 2020 - 1:31pm
Here’s my newest Bloomberg column, in which I argue that we’ve already done the data work behind defunding the police, because “crime risk scores” predict police, and not in a good way: Here’s an Algorithm for Defunding the Police Crime-risk scores reveal the problems that society has shunted onto law enforcement. Read more of my […]
Friday, June 19, 2020 - 1:31pm
Here’s my newest Bloomberg column, in which I argue that we’ve already done the data work behind defunding the police, because “crime risk scores” predict police, and not in a good way: Here’s an Algorithm for Defunding the Police Crime-risk scores reveal the problems that society has shunted onto law enforcement. Read more of my […]
Monday, June 15, 2020 - 12:34pm
Here’s my newest Bloomberg column regarding the state of facial recognition. Amazon Can’t Make Facial Recognition Go Away That would take an act of Congress. Read more of my Bloomberg columns here.
Monday, June 15, 2020 - 12:34pm
Here’s my newest Bloomberg column regarding the state of facial recognition. Amazon Can’t Make Facial Recognition Go Away That would take an act of Congress. Read more of my Bloomberg columns here.
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 1:39pm
Here’s my newest Bloomberg column, in which I discuss the darkest, scariest kind of data, namely missing data. We are getting some of those holes filled in when it comes to police misconduct, and we need more. Don’t Let the Police Hide Their Bad Behavior Fixing law enforcement will require better data. Read more of […]
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 1:39pm
Here’s my newest Bloomberg column, in which I discuss the darkest, scariest kind of data, namely missing data. We are getting some of those holes filled in when it comes to police misconduct, and we need more. Don’t Let the Police Hide Their Bad Behavior Fixing law enforcement will require better data. Read more of […]
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 5:38pm
My newest Bloomberg column, in which I examine how Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” philosophy might be guiding her during the current Facebook shitstorm: Maybe Sheryl Sandberg Should Be Leaning Out Facebook needs better moral leadership. Read more of my Bloomberg columns here.
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 1:37pm
In my newest Bloomberg column, I make the case, using new research by Measures for Justice, that mass incarceration, inequality, and racism cause epidemics both here and worldwide: Maybe Racism Caused the Covid-19 Crisis Mass incarceration and other social ills made the world more vulnerable. You can read more of my Bloomberg columns here.
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 1:37pm
In my newest Bloomberg column, I make the case, using new research by Measures for Justice, that mass incarceration, inequality, and racism cause epidemics both here and worldwide: Maybe Racism Caused the Covid-19 Crisis Mass incarceration and other social ills made the world more vulnerable. You can read more of my Bloomberg columns here.
Monday, May 25, 2020 - 11:38am
I’ve got a new Bloomberg column out today, about the game of chicken that colleges are playing with students and their parents: Covid-19 Will Make Colleges Prove Their Worth Online education should come at an online price. See more of my columns here.
Monday, May 25, 2020 - 11:38am
I’ve got a new Bloomberg column out today, about the game of chicken that colleges are playing with students and their parents: Covid-19 Will Make Colleges Prove Their Worth Online education should come at an online price. See more of my columns here.
Friday, May 22, 2020 - 12:38pm
In my new Bloomberg column I suggest that R(t), which is a hyperparameter in most Covid-19 models, is a much better and more trustworthy figure to follow than any other particular data set. One reason, which didn’t get into the column, is that R(t) can be estimated from most other daily data sources like hospitalizations, […]
Friday, May 22, 2020 - 12:38pm
In my new Bloomberg column I suggest that R(t), which is a hyperparameter in most Covid-19 models, is a much better and more trustworthy figure to follow than any other particular data set. One reason, which didn’t get into the column, is that R(t) can be estimated from most other daily data sources like hospitalizations, […]
Friday, May 15, 2020 - 12:35pm
I wrote a Bloomberg columns which heavily relied on Jarod Alper‘s recent YouTube talk:   Meet the Covid Models That Are Running the World None are perfect; some are downright dumb.   See other Bloomberg columns I wrote here.
Friday, May 8, 2020 - 11:36am
Hi all, On my walk to work I realized that the new FEMA model – which was used to strong-arm the Arizona governor into opening early – is a WMD, i.e. important, secret, and destructive:   A Secret Algorithm Is Deciding Who Will Die in America Decisions on reopening should involve public data and debate. […]
Friday, May 8, 2020 - 11:36am
Hi all, On my walk to work I realized that the new FEMA model – which was used to strong-arm the Arizona governor into opening early – is a WMD, i.e. important, secret, and destructive:   A Secret Algorithm Is Deciding Who Will Die in America Decisions on reopening should involve public data and debate. […]
Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 6:36pm
Hi all, Two more Bloomberg column posts to share with you. First, one from Monday: Let’s Make a Deal With Our Robot Overlords The pandemic will accelerate automation. This might be an opportunity for workers.   and here’s on from yesterday: I’ll Miss the New York City Subway The pandemic is dealing one of the […]
Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 6:36pm
Hi all, Two more Bloomberg column posts to share with you. First, one from Monday: Let’s Make a Deal With Our Robot Overlords The pandemic will accelerate automation. This might be an opportunity for workers.   and here’s on from yesterday: I’ll Miss the New York City Subway The pandemic is dealing one of the […]
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 12:40pm
Guys I’m sorry I forgot to blog last Friday about a piece I wrote:   Trump Is a Machine-Learning Algorithm Gone Wrong His bizarre behavior suggests he’s running low on data.   Also here’s a piece that came out yesterday that I’d love to hear your thoughts about:   We Can’t Get Together Until Tests […]
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 12:36pm
I was happy to connect with my friend Ashton Applewhite, an ageism activist whom I met at TED, to discuss aging in the time of Covid-19. It led to this new Bloomberg column:   Pandemic Data Could Be Deadly for the Old Using biased data to allocate resources could perpetuate a high mortality rate.   […]
Cathy O'Neil is the author of the blog mathbabe.org and several books, including Weapons of Math Destruction.