It’s been a seriously rough few weeks for algorithms in the UK. The problems started on August 7, when the British government scrapped an algorithm used in visa applications, following allegations that it was creating “speedy boarding for white people.” Weeks later, England joined Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland in ditching a model used to calculate school exam results after evidence emerged that it had penalized poorer students. This is amazing. The future is here. ‘Fuck the algorithm’pic.twitter.com/k4Vny0L4tF — Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) August 17, 2020 The algorithms must have thought their month couldn’t get any worse. But in the last two days, they’ve been hit… This story continues at The Next Web
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