Math Encounters: "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy" with Cathy O'Neil (7:00 pm)

In an age where many of the decisions that affect our lives — where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance — are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models, author and former Wall Street quant Cathy O’Neil sounds an alarm. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong.  Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.  Join the discussion about the mathematical models that pervade modern life — and threaten to rip apart our social fabric.

Special introduction by Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava.

This page is for the 7:00 pm session. Click here to register for the 4:00 pm session instead.

Light refreshments will be served after the 4:00 pm session and at 6:30 pm in advance of the second session.

Math Encounters is a public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics, presented by the Simons Foundation and the National Museum of Mathematics.

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Please note: this presentation is designed to be accessible and engaging to a general audience. As a rule of thumb, it would be best enjoyed by participants ages 12 and up.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018 7:00 pm   through   8:30 pm
National Museum of Mathematics
11 E 26th St.
New York, NY 10010
United States
Phone: 212.542.0566