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Monday, April 6, 2020 - 6:37pm
This is a guest post by Gary Cornell. Gary holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Brown University and was the co-founder of the the major technical publisher Apress. He has written or co-written numerous best selling programming books and has been a Mathematics professor, a visiting scientist at IBM’s Watson Labs and a program director […]
Friday, April 3, 2020 - 10:38am
You’ll need: Dishcloths which some people call tea towels (could use any cotton cloth but slightly thicker is better) 20 gauge metal wire cut into 2.5″ pieces (could use pieces of a thin wire hanger instead) Elastic cord (could use rubber bands or strips of cloth instead) A sewing machine Good scissors Crochet needle and […]
Friday, April 3, 2020 - 10:38am
You’ll need: Dishcloths which some people call tea towels (could use any cotton cloth but slightly thicker is better) 20 gauge metal wire cut into 2.5″ pieces (could use pieces of a thin wire hanger instead) Elastic cord (could use rubber bands or strips of cloth instead) A sewing machine Good scissors Crochet needle and […]
Monday, March 30, 2020 - 11:40am
I am, like you, restless and having trouble coping with the tragedy going on. It’s especially hard to think through the logical details of issues that only two weeks ago seemed urgently important. So instead, like you, I find myself with an internal dialogue of how the publicized statistics are consistently biased or wrong. At […]
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 6:36pm
If you’re anything like me, you’re driving yourself a bit nuts looking for information on the COVID-19 situation in the U.S. as well as internationally. And, if you’re like me, you will have been tearing your hair out frustrated by the bad quality of data. For terrible political and cultural and of course capitalistic reasons, […]
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 6:36pm
If you’re anything like me, you’re driving yourself a bit nuts looking for information on the COVID-19 situation in the U.S. as well as internationally. And, if you’re like me, you will have been tearing your hair out frustrated by the bad quality of data. For terrible political and cultural and of course capitalistic reasons, […]
Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 11:38am
I don’t know about you but I’ve spent quite a bit of time on the phone talking to friends and family about the COVID-19 virus and bemoaning how difficult it is to get people to do simple stuff like washing their hands and not touching their face. And, again, I’m on the phone talking about […]
Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 11:38am
I don’t know about you but I’ve spent quite a bit of time on the phone talking to friends and family about the COVID-19 virus and bemoaning how difficult it is to get people to do simple stuff like washing their hands and not touching their face. And, again, I’m on the phone talking about […]
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 12:39pm
Friends, I’m writing today to announce that I’m hard at work on a new book, called:   Shame Machine an owner’s manual   It’s once again being written with my editor Amanda Cook at the publisher Crown Random House, just like Weapons of Math Destruction. The tentative release date is January 2021, after the next […]
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 10:36am
Guys I’m super proud of this Sex Robots essay I wrote for Boston Review:   A History of Cyborg Sex, 2018–73    
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 10:36am
My newest Bloomberg Opinion piece just came out: Amazon Can’t Fix Facial Recognition Companies lack incentives to stop the creepiness. See the rest of my Bloomberg Opinion pieces here.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 10:36am
My newest Bloomberg Opinion piece just came out: Amazon Can’t Fix Facial Recognition Companies lack incentives to stop the creepiness. See the rest of my Bloomberg Opinion pieces here.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 4:36pm
I registered for this year’s Joint Math Meeting by claiming to be Press so I think it’s only fair that I blog from the conference. I got here Wednesday, met up with my BFF Aaron Abrams, and we promptly dashed to a fancypants reception to meet up with my buddy Ken Ribet. And yes, both of […]
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 4:36pm
I registered for this year’s Joint Math Meeting by claiming to be Press so I think it’s only fair that I blog from the conference. I got here Wednesday, met up with my BFF Aaron Abrams, and we promptly dashed to a fancypants reception to meet up with my buddy Ken Ribet. And yes, both of […]
Monday, January 20, 2020 - 5:34pm
I wanted to share my words from my dad’s memorial this past weekend, which took place at UMass Boston. You can read his official obituary here.   10 silver linings of having an asshole father   When I met Larry Summers at the hedge fund he was known as a pushy, physically imposing and intellectually […]
Monday, January 20, 2020 - 5:34pm
I wanted to share my words from my dad’s memorial this past weekend, which took place at UMass Boston. You can read his official obituary here.   10 silver linings of having an asshole father   When I met Larry Summers at the hedge fund he was known as a pushy, physically imposing and intellectually […]
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 2:37pm
My newest Bloomberg Opinion column just came out, about the international competition for AI dominance: Want To See Your Dystopian Future? Look at China The U.S. needs to stand against the surveillance state.   See the rest of my columns here.
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:32am
Dude! No seriously, dude. I just spent a week on Star Island. Actually, I got back exactly a week ago but it’s taken me this long to recover from the lost sleep. In case you haven’t heard of it, Star Island is tiny island off the coast of New Hampshire that has been operated by […]
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:32am
Dude! No seriously, dude. I just spent a week on Star Island. Actually, I got back exactly a week ago but it’s taken me this long to recover from the lost sleep. In case you haven’t heard of it, Star Island is tiny island off the coast of New Hampshire that has been operated by […]
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 12:12pm
  Hey! I’ve been kind of hibernating but this week I got so riled up about some incredibly terrible facial recognition stuff going on in China that I wrote a Bloomberg piece:   China Knows How to Take Away Your Health Insurance A big Chinese insurer’s facial-recognition software offers a cautionary tale for the U.S. […]
Cathy O'Neil is the author of the blog mathbabe.org and several books, including Weapons of Math Destruction.