by Jos Baeten
Recently, I attended a lecture by Cathy O’Neil, author of the book “Weapons of Math Destruction”. Clearly, she demonstrated the destructive power of proprietary predictive algorithms that learn from possibly biased data sets.
I think we need to be able to appeal against decisions by such algorithms, the software implementing these algorithms should be open source, and the underlying data sets should be open for inspection by an authority. Apart from this, each individual should be able to control his/her data, and should have the right to be informed, the right to inspect and correct.