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Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:35am
My newest Bloomberg View article just came out: Congress Is Missing the Point on Facebook Americans need a data bill of rights.   See all my Bloomberg View pieces here.
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 11:35am
I was interviewed by Tom Upchurch of Wired UK on a Hippocratic Oath for data science and ethics of AI (it’s long!): To work for society, data scientists need a hippocratic oath with teeth
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 11:35am
I was interviewed by Tom Upchurch of Wired UK on a Hippocratic Oath for data science and ethics of AI (it’s long!): To work for society, data scientists need a hippocratic oath with teeth
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 11:35am
My newest Bloomberg View piece just came out: Don’t Worry About the Ethics of Self-Driving Cars Road deaths create an incentive to care that is woefully lacking elsewhere.   To read all of my Bloomberg View pieces, go here.
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 7:35am
My newest Bloomberg View piece just came out: How to Teach a Computer What ‘Fair’ Means If we’re going to rely on algorithms, we’ll have to figure it out.   To read all of my Bloomberg View pieces, go here.
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 5:05pm
Hey all! I told you I’m boring now, so here’s proof. I ran my second 5K race this morning. My first one was in early February, and I ran with my buddy Elizabeth (who you might remember as my yarn whisperer) and my husband Johan: This morning my husband watched me run the same route […]
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 5:05pm
My newest Bloomberg View piece just went up: Big Data Alone Can’t Fix a Broken Bail System Philadelphia should think twice about its risk-assessment algorithm.   For all of my Bloomberg View pieces, go here.
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 5:05pm
My newest Bloomberg View piece just went up: Big Data Alone Can’t Fix a Broken Bail System Philadelphia should think twice about its risk-assessment algorithm.   For all of my Bloomberg View pieces, go here.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 5:05pm
Did you hear that Palantir, the big data company founded by Peter Thiel, has been secretly building predictive policing algorithms for New Orleans? Well, when my buddy Ernie Davis found out, he decided to write a poem. He’s generously allowed me to reproduce it here: Six years ago, one of the world’s most secretive and […]
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:35am
I wrote a Bloomberg View piece about something Facebook could probably do to determine if the Russian ads made a difference in the 2016 election: Facebook Could Do a Lot More on Trump-Russia The company could probably measure the effect of election-meddling if it wanted to.   For my complete list of Bloomberg View pieces, go here.
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 11:35am
I’m off of Twitter and Facebook, so my blog is starting to become my go-to rant spot once again. This morning it’s Jane Brody that’s got me ranty, with her unbelievably incoherent take on exercise and diets: More Fitness, Less Fatness Let me give you my snarky summary of this piece: Diets don’t work. People […]
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 5:05pm
My newest Bloomberg View piece is out: Are You Poor? Here’s Your Virtual Hamster Cage Technology could erase the limits of inequality.   See more of my Bloomberg View pieces here.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 5:05pm
My newest Bloomberg View piece is out: Are You Poor? Here’s Your Virtual Hamster Cage Technology could erase the limits of inequality.   See more of my Bloomberg View pieces here.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:35am
Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 5:05pm

Who cares if the stock market tanks? No, really. I’m wondering who actually has a stake in the levels of the stock market. The average person doesn’t have much savings, including retirement savings which is the standard way to have a direct stake in the market. In fact a majority of Americans, and more than […]

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 5:05pm
Who cares if the stock market tanks? No, really. I’m wondering who actually has a stake in the levels of the stock market. The average person doesn’t have much savings, including retirement savings which is the standard way to have a direct stake in the market. In fact a majority of Americans, and more than […]
Monday, February 5, 2018 - 11:35am
This is a guest post by Eugene Stern, originally posted on his blog sensemadehere. My friend Cathy O’Neil just sent me an article she wrote for the NY Times reviewing two books by technologists about virtual reality (VR). Part of her take was that neither book talked enough about ways that VR could be abused, and she speculated that […]
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 11:35am
I just wrote my first book review for the New York Times. I reviewed two books about Virtual Reality, one by Jeremy Bailensen and the other by Jaron Lanier: Enter the Holodeck    
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 5:05pm
My newest Bloomberg View column just came out: No, I Don’t Want to Insure My Pizza Insurance can be useful, but too many schemes are distorting the concept.   For older Bloomberg View columns, please go here.
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 5:05pm
My newest Bloomberg View article just came out: Personality Tests Are Failing American Workers All too often, they filter people out for the wrong reasons.   Read all of my Bloomberg View pieces here.
Cathy O'Neil is the author of the blog mathbabe.org and several books, including Weapons of Math Destruction.