The Guardian: How can we stop algorithms telling lies?

The Guardian: How can we stop algorithms telling lies? “The recent proliferation in big data models has gone largely unnoticed by the average person, but it’s safe to say that most important moments where people interact with large bureaucratic systems now involve an algorithm in the form of a scoring system. Getting into college, getting a job, being assessed as a worker, getting a credit card or insurance, voting, and even policing are in many cases done algorithmically. Moreover, the technology introduced into these systematic decisions is largely opaque, even to their creators, and has so far largely escaped meaningful regulation, even when it fails. That makes the question of which of these algorithms are working on our behalf even more important and urgent.” This is not one of those “oo oo algos are bad hide the children” articles, but in-depth and with a lot of examples. Recommended read.

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