

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
04:15 PM  05:30 PM
Level:  Business / NonTechnical

Cathy O'Neil defines Weapons of Math Destruction, a class of algorithms that have the potential to destroy lives, increase inequality, and threaten democracy.
Cathy O'Neil is the author of the New York Times bestselling "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy," which was also a semifinalist for the National Book Award.
She earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard, was a postdoctoral fellow in the MIT math department, and was a a professor at Barnard College where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She then switched over to the private sector, working as a quantitative analyst for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis, and then for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. She left finance in 2011 and started working as a data scientist in the New York startup scene, building models that predicted people's purchases and clicks.
Cathy wrote "Doing Data Science" in 2013 and launched the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia in 2014. She is a weekly guest on the Slate Money podcast.


