Algorithms of Oppression

“Part of the challenge of understanding algorithmic oppression is to understand the mathematical formulations to drive automated decisions are made by humans being. While we often think in terms such as ‘big data’ and ‘algorithms’ as being benign, neutral, or objective, they are anything but. The people who make these decisions hold all types of values, many of which openly promote racism, sexism and false notions of meritocracy, which is well documented in the studies of Silicon Valley and other tech corridors”

– Noble, S, (2018) Algorithms of Oppression

A dystopian novel that imagines the opposite of Lee’s vision of ‘more control’. Instead it shows an oppressive, divided society, examing the possible winners and losers of human immortality. An easy read but it has some links to the themes we have explored in the cybercultures.