Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech

Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech

Buying groceries, tracking our health, finding a date: whatever we want to do, odds are that we can now do it online. But few of us ask why all these digital products are designed the way they are. It?s time we change that. Many of the services we rely on are full of oversights, biases, and downright ethical nightmares: Chatbots that harass women. Signup forms that fail an Buying groceries, tracking our health, finding a date: whatever we want to do, odds are that we can now do it online. B...

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Title:Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech
Author:Sara Wachter-Boettcher
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech Reviews

  • John Norman
    Nov 14, 2017

    I'm so grateful to have received a free ARC of Technically Wrong! The 3-star rating was hard to decide and isn't reflective of my full range of feelings. That's why the review that follows will be massively long. First off, the minor typos and technical errors, likely due to it bei...

    A good and short read. Plenty of examples, but mostly the famous ones on the internet - the author's alignment with the truly marginalized is limited, mostly with female/gays/transgender/nonwhites but still the educated, unlike O'Neil in Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increa...

    Recommended reading on the current (very current) state of the tech industry. Overlaps a little bit with and cites Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, but focuses more on programmer an designer choices, assumptions and hidden biases i...

    This was a very thoughtful exploration of how bias is built into the tech products we use every day, and how that bias subsequently shapes and reinforces behaviors offline. Wachter-Boettcher explores not just how technology is built, but also how the organizations that build it perpetu...

    I won this book in a giveaway. I work in the tech sector and was interested in this book because I am leading a digital transformation effort at my job and wanted to make sure i didn't fall into any of these traps. The book was not what I was thinking it was but boy were my eyes opened...

    Well . . . This is another one of those funny books that is sort of a ?5? and sort of a ?3.? The book broadly claims that the tech industry builds interfaces and products that are (not necessarily intentionally) biased. The book says that the main driver is the homogeneity of t...

  • Emily Finke
    Oct 20, 2017

    I'm so grateful to have received a free ARC of Technically Wrong! The 3-star rating was hard to decide and isn't reflective of my full range of feelings. That's why the review that follows will be massively long. First off, the minor typos and technical errors, likely due to it bei...

    A good and short read. Plenty of examples, but mostly the famous ones on the internet - the author's alignment with the truly marginalized is limited, mostly with female/gays/transgender/nonwhites but still the educated, unlike O'Neil in Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increa...

    Recommended reading on the current (very current) state of the tech industry. Overlaps a little bit with and cites Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, but focuses more on programmer an designer choices, assumptions and hidden biases i...

    This was a very thoughtful exploration of how bias is built into the tech products we use every day, and how that bias subsequently shapes and reinforces behaviors offline. Wachter-Boettcher explores not just how technology is built, but also how the organizations that build it perpetu...

    I won this book in a giveaway. I work in the tech sector and was interested in this book because I am leading a digital transformation effort at my job and wanted to make sure i didn't fall into any of these traps. The book was not what I was thinking it was but boy were my eyes opened...

    Well . . . This is another one of those funny books that is sort of a ?5? and sort of a ?3.? The book broadly claims that the tech industry builds interfaces and products that are (not necessarily intentionally) biased. The book says that the main driver is the homogeneity of t...

    A must read for anyone who designs digital experiences, and doesn't want to be an inadvertent dude-bro. Against a backdrop of increasingly ubiquitous technology, with every online interaction forcing us to expose parts of ourselves, Sara Wachter-Boettcher weaves a challenging narrat...

    Some parts of it dragged, but overall, it was terrifying. I thought it made especially interesting points about the necessity of training algorithms with unbiased training data so as not to perpetuate past injustices, the myth of the "tech industry" monoculture, and the way free speech...

    Must read for anyone who creates tech products - any product, really. Wachter-Boettcher tells story after story of how tech is only as inclusive, useful, and fair as the ideas behind it. "Because, no matter how much tech companies talk about algorithms like they?re nothing but ad...

    This book doesn't really cover anything new, if you've been following conversations about bias in technology in recent years. However, that really isn't a mark against it, since it's trying to be an introduction to the topic rather than an expansive deep dive. It's a really great prime...

  • Amy
    Nov 30, 2017

    I'm so grateful to have received a free ARC of Technically Wrong! The 3-star rating was hard to decide and isn't reflective of my full range of feelings. That's why the review that follows will be massively long. First off, the minor typos and technical errors, likely due to it bei...

    A good and short read. Plenty of examples, but mostly the famous ones on the internet - the author's alignment with the truly marginalized is limited, mostly with female/gays/transgender/nonwhites but still the educated, unlike O'Neil in Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increa...

    Recommended reading on the current (very current) state of the tech industry. Overlaps a little bit with and cites Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, but focuses more on programmer an designer choices, assumptions and hidden biases i...

    This was a very thoughtful exploration of how bias is built into the tech products we use every day, and how that bias subsequently shapes and reinforces behaviors offline. Wachter-Boettcher explores not just how technology is built, but also how the organizations that build it perpetu...

  • Philipp
    Dec 08, 2017

    I'm so grateful to have received a free ARC of Technically Wrong! The 3-star rating was hard to decide and isn't reflective of my full range of feelings. That's why the review that follows will be massively long. First off, the minor typos and technical errors, likely due to it bei...

    A good and short read. Plenty of examples, but mostly the famous ones on the internet - the author's alignment with the truly marginalized is limited, mostly with female/gays/transgender/nonwhites but still the educated, unlike O'Neil in Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increa...

    Recommended reading on the current (very current) state of the tech industry. Overlaps a little bit with and cites Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, but focuses more on programmer an designer choices, assumptions and hidden biases i...

  • Kathy Reid
    Oct 31, 2017

    I'm so grateful to have received a free ARC of Technically Wrong! The 3-star rating was hard to decide and isn't reflective of my full range of feelings. That's why the review that follows will be massively long. First off, the minor typos and technical errors, likely due to it bei...

    A good and short read. Plenty of examples, but mostly the famous ones on the internet - the author's alignment with the truly marginalized is limited, mostly with female/gays/transgender/nonwhites but still the educated, unlike O'Neil in Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increa...

    Recommended reading on the current (very current) state of the tech industry. Overlaps a little bit with and cites Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, but focuses more on programmer an designer choices, assumptions and hidden biases i...

    This was a very thoughtful exploration of how bias is built into the tech products we use every day, and how that bias subsequently shapes and reinforces behaviors offline. Wachter-Boettcher explores not just how technology is built, but also how the organizations that build it perpetu...

    I won this book in a giveaway. I work in the tech sector and was interested in this book because I am leading a digital transformation effort at my job and wanted to make sure i didn't fall into any of these traps. The book was not what I was thinking it was but boy were my eyes opened...

    Well . . . This is another one of those funny books that is sort of a ?5? and sort of a ?3.? The book broadly claims that the tech industry builds interfaces and products that are (not necessarily intentionally) biased. The book says that the main driver is the homogeneity of t...

    A must read for anyone who designs digital experiences, and doesn't want to be an inadvertent dude-bro. Against a backdrop of increasingly ubiquitous technology, with every online interaction forcing us to expose parts of ourselves, Sara Wachter-Boettcher weaves a challenging narrat...

  • Jill
    Oct 13, 2017

    I'm so grateful to have received a free ARC of Technically Wrong! The 3-star rating was hard to decide and isn't reflective of my full range of feelings. That's why the review that follows will be massively long. First off, the minor typos and technical errors, likely due to it bei...

    A good and short read. Plenty of examples, but mostly the famous ones on the internet - the author's alignment with the truly marginalized is limited, mostly with female/gays/transgender/nonwhites but still the educated, unlike O'Neil in Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increa...

    Recommended reading on the current (very current) state of the tech industry. Overlaps a little bit with and cites Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, but focuses more on programmer an designer choices, assumptions and hidden biases i...

    This was a very thoughtful exploration of how bias is built into the tech products we use every day, and how that bias subsequently shapes and reinforces behaviors offline. Wachter-Boettcher explores not just how technology is built, but also how the organizations that build it perpetu...

    I won this book in a giveaway. I work in the tech sector and was interested in this book because I am leading a digital transformation effort at my job and wanted to make sure i didn't fall into any of these traps. The book was not what I was thinking it was but boy were my eyes opened...

  • linhtalinhtinh
    Dec 15, 2017

    I'm so grateful to have received a free ARC of Technically Wrong! The 3-star rating was hard to decide and isn't reflective of my full range of feelings. That's why the review that follows will be massively long. First off, the minor typos and technical errors, likely due to it bei...

    A good and short read. Plenty of examples, but mostly the famous ones on the internet - the author's alignment with the truly marginalized is limited, mostly with female/gays/transgender/nonwhites but still the educated, unlike O'Neil in Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increa...

  • Katie
    Oct 14, 2017

    I'm so grateful to have received a free ARC of Technically Wrong! The 3-star rating was hard to decide and isn't reflective of my full range of feelings. That's why the review that follows will be massively long. First off, the minor typos and technical errors, likely due to it bei...

    A good and short read. Plenty of examples, but mostly the famous ones on the internet - the author's alignment with the truly marginalized is limited, mostly with female/gays/transgender/nonwhites but still the educated, unlike O'Neil in Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increa...

    Recommended reading on the current (very current) state of the tech industry. Overlaps a little bit with and cites Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, but focuses more on programmer an designer choices, assumptions and hidden biases i...

    This was a very thoughtful exploration of how bias is built into the tech products we use every day, and how that bias subsequently shapes and reinforces behaviors offline. Wachter-Boettcher explores not just how technology is built, but also how the organizations that build it perpetu...

    I won this book in a giveaway. I work in the tech sector and was interested in this book because I am leading a digital transformation effort at my job and wanted to make sure i didn't fall into any of these traps. The book was not what I was thinking it was but boy were my eyes opened...

    Well . . . This is another one of those funny books that is sort of a ?5? and sort of a ?3.? The book broadly claims that the tech industry builds interfaces and products that are (not necessarily intentionally) biased. The book says that the main driver is the homogeneity of t...

    A must read for anyone who designs digital experiences, and doesn't want to be an inadvertent dude-bro. Against a backdrop of increasingly ubiquitous technology, with every online interaction forcing us to expose parts of ourselves, Sara Wachter-Boettcher weaves a challenging narrat...

    Some parts of it dragged, but overall, it was terrifying. I thought it made especially interesting points about the necessity of training algorithms with unbiased training data so as not to perpetuate past injustices, the myth of the "tech industry" monoculture, and the way free speech...

    Must read for anyone who creates tech products - any product, really. Wachter-Boettcher tells story after story of how tech is only as inclusive, useful, and fair as the ideas behind it. "Because, no matter how much tech companies talk about algorithms like they?re nothing but ad...

  • Rachel Moyes
    Oct 06, 2017

    I'm so grateful to have received a free ARC of Technically Wrong! The 3-star rating was hard to decide and isn't reflective of my full range of feelings. That's why the review that follows will be massively long. First off, the minor typos and technical errors, likely due to it bei...

    A good and short read. Plenty of examples, but mostly the famous ones on the internet - the author's alignment with the truly marginalized is limited, mostly with female/gays/transgender/nonwhites but still the educated, unlike O'Neil in Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increa...

    Recommended reading on the current (very current) state of the tech industry. Overlaps a little bit with and cites Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, but focuses more on programmer an designer choices, assumptions and hidden biases i...

    This was a very thoughtful exploration of how bias is built into the tech products we use every day, and how that bias subsequently shapes and reinforces behaviors offline. Wachter-Boettcher explores not just how technology is built, but also how the organizations that build it perpetu...

    I won this book in a giveaway. I work in the tech sector and was interested in this book because I am leading a digital transformation effort at my job and wanted to make sure i didn't fall into any of these traps. The book was not what I was thinking it was but boy were my eyes opened...

    Well . . . This is another one of those funny books that is sort of a ?5? and sort of a ?3.? The book broadly claims that the tech industry builds interfaces and products that are (not necessarily intentionally) biased. The book says that the main driver is the homogeneity of t...

    A must read for anyone who designs digital experiences, and doesn't want to be an inadvertent dude-bro. Against a backdrop of increasingly ubiquitous technology, with every online interaction forcing us to expose parts of ourselves, Sara Wachter-Boettcher weaves a challenging narrat...

    Some parts of it dragged, but overall, it was terrifying. I thought it made especially interesting points about the necessity of training algorithms with unbiased training data so as not to perpetuate past injustices, the myth of the "tech industry" monoculture, and the way free speech...

  • Mira
    Aug 01, 2017

    I'm so grateful to have received a free ARC of Technically Wrong! The 3-star rating was hard to decide and isn't reflective of my full range of feelings. That's why the review that follows will be massively long. First off, the minor typos and technical errors, likely due to it bei...