On Oct. 10, 2016 The New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar wrote “Higher Mathematics Algorithm Blues” about Cathy O’Neil, author of “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy”. Apparently “…algorithms are being used to oppress people.. I saw … individuals just getting screwed by unfair automated decisions.” “Certain categories of people were being given ‘scores’ by computer programs which led to their being charged more for car insurance, paying higher interest rates on credit cards, getting disqualified from jobs or receiving longer prison terms.”
James Surowiecki wrote “The Hidden Cost of Race” about how discrimination is built into the financial system with most of the benefit going to the richest twenty percent of Americans.
Nathan Heller wrote “Cashing Out” about the end of printed currency in the digital age.
Larissa MacFarquahar about how unpopular Hillary Clinton is in West Virginia.
Louis Menand wrote “He’s Back” about the return of Karl Marx.
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