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Not sure if this is the right place but I had to post this thread somewhere (https://twitter.com/histoftech/status/1275444379658760195)

Just curious but are you sneering at this tweet or supporting it?

Mar Hicks is a historian of technology who wrote a book called “Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing”. It looks like her tweet is critical of the research paper being published by Springer, about a new ML model predicting criminality… which we should be critical of because that’s a terrible idea.

I haven’t read Mar’s book, but her criticism in this tweet is right in line with the revelations in Cathy O’Neil’s “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy” (which I highly recommend to everybody).

Using AI to sort and rank people for unequal treatments in society is horrifying. Tech companies and universities literally systematizing the means of systemic racism in to new inscrutable and unaccountable forms.

The NSFW tag indicates when something isn't a sneer
Oof. Thanks!
Yeah sometimes we’re not 100% clear on how the rules and format work, which is sort of by design. It works as a pretty good filter for people who are going to be fun and chill to be around vs people who get very mad very quickly when they’re not given a kiddie’s menu explaining how to post here
At this point 'Britain discards [segment of population], loses edge in [important technology]' isn't even news.

And this is why applied machine learning needs ethics commitees - comparable to those found in medical research.