Fast Company: Algorithms Are Creating A “Digital Poorhouse” That Makes Inequality Worse

Fast Company: Algorithms Are Creating A “Digital Poorhouse” That Makes Inequality Worse. “In Los Angeles, an algorithm helps decide who–out of 58,000 homeless people–gets access to a small amount of available housing. In Indiana, the state used a computer system to flag any mistake on an application for food stamps, healthcare, or cash benefits as a ‘failure to cooperate;’ 1 million people lost benefits. In Pittsburgh, a child protection agency is using an algorithm to try to predict future child abuse, despite the algorithm’s problems with accuracy.”