Side View

Jun 6, 2018

Side View: do algorithms reinforce discrimination?

Welcome to Side View — a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: we live inside a dream (or at least a world created by consciousness), and algorithms that reinforce poverty and discrimination.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

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Algorithms that drive both bespoke applications and universal systems like Google reflect the biases of their inputs. But exactly how is more complicated than it seems. Two new books take different approaches to the issue of algorithms and inequality, with varying success.

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