Visiting Scholar Lecture Series-Cathy O'Neil, Ph.D.-"Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy"

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 7:30pm
Arrupe Hall Auditorium
Visiting Scholar Lecture with Cathy O'Neil, Ph.D.
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Cathy O’Neil, Ph.D., will address themes detailed in her renowned 2016 book, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. O’Neil blew the lid off the fiction that algorithms are simply objective tools for gathering and organizing information. Instead, she revealed the shocking degree to which human biases are built into the math. Her talk promises to be a lively, thought-provoking Visiting Scholars Lecture Series event in Arrupe Hall Auditorium. 
 
Before becoming one of the most respected voices of ethics and data science, O’Neil earned her doctorate in mathematics from Harvard University in 1999 and taught at M.I.T., Barnard College and Columbia University. In 2007, O’Neil left academia to work for a hedge fund, but the experience left her disillusioned and spurred her into a life of activism.
 
The New York Times wrote that O’Neil’s “knowledge of the power and risks of mathematical models, coupled with a gift for analogy, makes her one of the most valuable observers of the continuing weaponization of big data.”
 
To register your attendance to this free lecture, call 816-501-4828 or email cynthia.cartwright@rockhurst.edu.; a reception follows. Free parking is available in the north parking garage (52nd St. and Troost Ave.) and in lots accessed through the campus entrance (54th and Troost Ave., Rockhurst.edu/map).