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The Metric Society: On the Quantification of the Social by Steffen Mau

Posted at — Aug 9, 2019

Nice bibliography, but the book feels more like a collection of references and less like an analysis or a narrative. For people who already know that the lauded algorithms are only as fair as their creators (and/or training data) and reducing human performance to numbers leads to gaming those numbers this book won’t uncover much new ground. For people who are not familiar with these topics, I think the book does not explain almost anything in enough detail.

There are some snappy quotes to be snitched from it though.


(200 pages, ISBN: 1509530401, Worldcat, Open Library)

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