Ep.28: Weapons of Math Destruction - A Machine Learning Engineer's Take

Our guest today is Mia Fuhrman, a machine learning engineer. Mia turned me onto a book called Weapons of Math Destruction, which all product managers should read. The book talks about how we’ve outsourced human decision making to machines, with the justification that humans are biased - but algorithms aren’t.

HOWEVER, this assumption is *wrong.* And algorithms - as we’ll demonstrate through use cases from the book - can actually be worse than people. 

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Mia Fuhrman, Machine Learning Engineer


Links Mentioned in the Episode

Weapons of Math Destruction - 3 Takeaways for Product Managers

NIPS Conference

NYT Article - Even Imperfect Algorithms can Improve the Justice System

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