Blackballed by machine learning: how algorithms can destroy your chances of getting a job

The Guardian’s published a long excerpt from Cathy O’Neil’s essential new book, Weapons of Math Destruction, in which O’Neil describes the way that shoddy machine-learning companies have come to dominate waged employment hiring, selling their dubious products to giant companies that use them to decide who can and can’t work. report this ad Because so many of America’s biggest employers use these systems, it can be nearly impossible to find work if their secret, unaudited models decide that you’re a bad hire. What’s more, many of the models’ litmus tests are just proxies for race, poverty, and disability — things that companies are not legally allowed to consider when hiring (unless they’re being considered by unaccountable software provided by a third party). This hurts everyone, not just the people who…


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