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

    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

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

  • Lance Eaton
    Dec 15, 2017

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

    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...

    Some of the claims this book makes are overly broad, but taken as a whole, this book explains how technology is built on practices of discrimination. It?s not just the homogeneity of Silicon Valley?it?s that cognitive biases and discriminatory ideologies are built into the very p...

    This book is a must read for anyone who uses technology in their daily lives. Sara's writing is so approachable and demystifies tech with examples of how biases in applications affect all of us. It was refreshing to read such an honest critique of the tech-focused world we live in. I c...

    A really important look into the biases built into the tech that permeates our lives. Insightful anecdotes and important points about the need for ethics and diversity in the tech industry. As someone in that space already, most of it wasn?t new, but I?m glad the book exists! I hop...

    Technology is now the energy field that surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds our planet together. But the tech industry is failing all of us in myriads of ways. This book gives a great summary of the problems of technology and how they came to be. Recommended: for everyone who ...

    Insightful and highly readable. None of the examples used will come as a surprise to anyone who?s been following tech stories for the last few years, but the author draws a neat through line that bring the problems into sharper focus. ...

    This isn't the first book I've read about big data and the algorithms behind the technology that works in every facet of our lives can work against us. What was new for me about this book was the discussion on the culture of tech companies that is often sexist and racist. Things like t...

    I feel like pretty much everyone should read this book. Will definitely think about some aspects of technology differently having done so. ...

    This is a must-read for all UXers, business analysts and product owners. I read Watcher-Boettcher?s ?Design for Everyday Life? and there are some similar references, but this goes beyond examining product design and illuminates the biases that can cause exclusion and even trauma ...

    Pretty good look with examples/data at how/why the current SV companies bias their apps towards 'young Caucasian males' and what companies should do to fix this. ...

    This is one of the most important books a responsible designer could read. Technology has a lot of responsibility to take, and there are ways to make that happen, but we need more people in higher positions to read content like this book. ...

    This book is a must-read for anyone interested in how tech culture affects all of our lives. ...

    CD, this is a fascinating read that I borrowed from my friend Grace. It looks into the ways our technology has been created with less than the majority audience in mind. It's not written in academic jargon, which I appreciate?Wachter-Boettcher clearly wanted her text to be understood...

    This changed up so many of my learned experiences and I saw them from new angles. It will change how you think about many things and how design works against people - marginalizes whole subsets while trying to make something cutesy. How we write marginalized people off for jobs t...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book on understanding the exclusionary power and privilege of technology is must-read for anyone who works in technology or with technology (which yes, means the vast majority of us). She moves through a variety of technologies, platforms, and systems to show how wh...

  • Laura
    Apr 03, 2018

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

    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...

    Some of the claims this book makes are overly broad, but taken as a whole, this book explains how technology is built on practices of discrimination. It?s not just the homogeneity of Silicon Valley?it?s that cognitive biases and discriminatory ideologies are built into the very p...

    This book is a must read for anyone who uses technology in their daily lives. Sara's writing is so approachable and demystifies tech with examples of how biases in applications affect all of us. It was refreshing to read such an honest critique of the tech-focused world we live in. I c...

    A really important look into the biases built into the tech that permeates our lives. Insightful anecdotes and important points about the need for ethics and diversity in the tech industry. As someone in that space already, most of it wasn?t new, but I?m glad the book exists! I hop...

    Technology is now the energy field that surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds our planet together. But the tech industry is failing all of us in myriads of ways. This book gives a great summary of the problems of technology and how they came to be. Recommended: for everyone who ...

    Insightful and highly readable. None of the examples used will come as a surprise to anyone who?s been following tech stories for the last few years, but the author draws a neat through line that bring the problems into sharper focus. ...

    This isn't the first book I've read about big data and the algorithms behind the technology that works in every facet of our lives can work against us. What was new for me about this book was the discussion on the culture of tech companies that is often sexist and racist. Things like t...

    I feel like pretty much everyone should read this book. Will definitely think about some aspects of technology differently having done so. ...

  • Nicole
    Feb 03, 2018

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

    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...

    Some of the claims this book makes are overly broad, but taken as a whole, this book explains how technology is built on practices of discrimination. It?s not just the homogeneity of Silicon Valley?it?s that cognitive biases and discriminatory ideologies are built into the very p...

    This book is a must read for anyone who uses technology in their daily lives. Sara's writing is so approachable and demystifies tech with examples of how biases in applications affect all of us. It was refreshing to read such an honest critique of the tech-focused world we live in. I c...

    A really important look into the biases built into the tech that permeates our lives. Insightful anecdotes and important points about the need for ethics and diversity in the tech industry. As someone in that space already, most of it wasn?t new, but I?m glad the book exists! I hop...

    Technology is now the energy field that surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds our planet together. But the tech industry is failing all of us in myriads of ways. This book gives a great summary of the problems of technology and how they came to be. Recommended: for everyone who ...

    Insightful and highly readable. None of the examples used will come as a surprise to anyone who?s been following tech stories for the last few years, but the author draws a neat through line that bring the problems into sharper focus. ...

  • Marrije
    Oct 04, 2018

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

  • Kylie
    Mar 18, 2018

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

  • Parker
    Jan 23, 2018

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

  • Rachel
    Nov 07, 2017

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

  • Ashley
    Jun 19, 2018

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

    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...

    Some of the claims this book makes are overly broad, but taken as a whole, this book explains how technology is built on practices of discrimination. It?s not just the homogeneity of Silicon Valley?it?s that cognitive biases and discriminatory ideologies are built into the very p...

  • Stacy Holmstedt
    Sep 30, 2018

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

    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...

    Some of the claims this book makes are overly broad, but taken as a whole, this book explains how technology is built on practices of discrimination. It?s not just the homogeneity of Silicon Valley?it?s that cognitive biases and discriminatory ideologies are built into the very p...

    This book is a must read for anyone who uses technology in their daily lives. Sara's writing is so approachable and demystifies tech with examples of how biases in applications affect all of us. It was refreshing to read such an honest critique of the tech-focused world we live in. I c...

    A really important look into the biases built into the tech that permeates our lives. Insightful anecdotes and important points about the need for ethics and diversity in the tech industry. As someone in that space already, most of it wasn?t new, but I?m glad the book exists! I hop...

    Technology is now the energy field that surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds our planet together. But the tech industry is failing all of us in myriads of ways. This book gives a great summary of the problems of technology and how they came to be. Recommended: for everyone who ...

    Insightful and highly readable. None of the examples used will come as a surprise to anyone who?s been following tech stories for the last few years, but the author draws a neat through line that bring the problems into sharper focus. ...

    This isn't the first book I've read about big data and the algorithms behind the technology that works in every facet of our lives can work against us. What was new for me about this book was the discussion on the culture of tech companies that is often sexist and racist. Things like t...

    I feel like pretty much everyone should read this book. Will definitely think about some aspects of technology differently having done so. ...

    This is a must-read for all UXers, business analysts and product owners. I read Watcher-Boettcher?s ?Design for Everyday Life? and there are some similar references, but this goes beyond examining product design and illuminates the biases that can cause exclusion and even trauma ...

  • Bastian Greshake Tzovaras
    Dec 17, 2017

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

    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...

    Some of the claims this book makes are overly broad, but taken as a whole, this book explains how technology is built on practices of discrimination. It?s not just the homogeneity of Silicon Valley?it?s that cognitive biases and discriminatory ideologies are built into the very p...

    This book is a must read for anyone who uses technology in their daily lives. Sara's writing is so approachable and demystifies tech with examples of how biases in applications affect all of us. It was refreshing to read such an honest critique of the tech-focused world we live in. I c...

    A really important look into the biases built into the tech that permeates our lives. Insightful anecdotes and important points about the need for ethics and diversity in the tech industry. As someone in that space already, most of it wasn?t new, but I?m glad the book exists! I hop...

    Technology is now the energy field that surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds our planet together. But the tech industry is failing all of us in myriads of ways. This book gives a great summary of the problems of technology and how they came to be. Recommended: for everyone who ...

  • Rahul Phatak
    Dec 23, 2017

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

    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...

    Some of the claims this book makes are overly broad, but taken as a whole, this book explains how technology is built on practices of discrimination. It?s not just the homogeneity of Silicon Valley?it?s that cognitive biases and discriminatory ideologies are built into the very p...

    This book is a must read for anyone who uses technology in their daily lives. Sara's writing is so approachable and demystifies tech with examples of how biases in applications affect all of us. It was refreshing to read such an honest critique of the tech-focused world we live in. I c...

    A really important look into the biases built into the tech that permeates our lives. Insightful anecdotes and important points about the need for ethics and diversity in the tech industry. As someone in that space already, most of it wasn?t new, but I?m glad the book exists! I hop...

    Technology is now the energy field that surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds our planet together. But the tech industry is failing all of us in myriads of ways. This book gives a great summary of the problems of technology and how they came to be. Recommended: for everyone who ...

    Insightful and highly readable. None of the examples used will come as a surprise to anyone who?s been following tech stories for the last few years, but the author draws a neat through line that bring the problems into sharper focus. ...

    This isn't the first book I've read about big data and the algorithms behind the technology that works in every facet of our lives can work against us. What was new for me about this book was the discussion on the culture of tech companies that is often sexist and racist. Things like t...

    I feel like pretty much everyone should read this book. Will definitely think about some aspects of technology differently having done so. ...

    This is a must-read for all UXers, business analysts and product owners. I read Watcher-Boettcher?s ?Design for Everyday Life? and there are some similar references, but this goes beyond examining product design and illuminates the biases that can cause exclusion and even trauma ...

    Pretty good look with examples/data at how/why the current SV companies bias their apps towards 'young Caucasian males' and what companies should do to fix this. ...

  • Robbin
    May 20, 2018

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

    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...

    Some of the claims this book makes are overly broad, but taken as a whole, this book explains how technology is built on practices of discrimination. It?s not just the homogeneity of Silicon Valley?it?s that cognitive biases and discriminatory ideologies are built into the very p...

    This book is a must read for anyone who uses technology in their daily lives. Sara's writing is so approachable and demystifies tech with examples of how biases in applications affect all of us. It was refreshing to read such an honest critique of the tech-focused world we live in. I c...

    A really important look into the biases built into the tech that permeates our lives. Insightful anecdotes and important points about the need for ethics and diversity in the tech industry. As someone in that space already, most of it wasn?t new, but I?m glad the book exists! I hop...

    Technology is now the energy field that surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds our planet together. But the tech industry is failing all of us in myriads of ways. This book gives a great summary of the problems of technology and how they came to be. Recommended: for everyone who ...

    Insightful and highly readable. None of the examples used will come as a surprise to anyone who?s been following tech stories for the last few years, but the author draws a neat through line that bring the problems into sharper focus. ...

    This isn't the first book I've read about big data and the algorithms behind the technology that works in every facet of our lives can work against us. What was new for me about this book was the discussion on the culture of tech companies that is often sexist and racist. Things like t...

    I feel like pretty much everyone should read this book. Will definitely think about some aspects of technology differently having done so. ...

    This is a must-read for all UXers, business analysts and product owners. I read Watcher-Boettcher?s ?Design for Everyday Life? and there are some similar references, but this goes beyond examining product design and illuminates the biases that can cause exclusion and even trauma ...

    Pretty good look with examples/data at how/why the current SV companies bias their apps towards 'young Caucasian males' and what companies should do to fix this. ...

    This is one of the most important books a responsible designer could read. Technology has a lot of responsibility to take, and there are ways to make that happen, but we need more people in higher positions to read content like this book. ...

  • Manzoor Elahi
    Nov 01, 2018

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

  • Amy
    Nov 30, 2017

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

  • Sophia Ramos
    Oct 06, 2017

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

    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...

    Some of the claims this book makes are overly broad, but taken as a whole, this book explains how technology is built on practices of discrimination. It?s not just the homogeneity of Silicon Valley?it?s that cognitive biases and discriminatory ideologies are built into the very p...

    This book is a must read for anyone who uses technology in their daily lives. Sara's writing is so approachable and demystifies tech with examples of how biases in applications affect all of us. It was refreshing to read such an honest critique of the tech-focused world we live in. I c...

    A really important look into the biases built into the tech that permeates our lives. Insightful anecdotes and important points about the need for ethics and diversity in the tech industry. As someone in that space already, most of it wasn?t new, but I?m glad the book exists! I hop...

    Technology is now the energy field that surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds our planet together. But the tech industry is failing all of us in myriads of ways. This book gives a great summary of the problems of technology and how they came to be. Recommended: for everyone who ...

    Insightful and highly readable. None of the examples used will come as a surprise to anyone who?s been following tech stories for the last few years, but the author draws a neat through line that bring the problems into sharper focus. ...

    This isn't the first book I've read about big data and the algorithms behind the technology that works in every facet of our lives can work against us. What was new for me about this book was the discussion on the culture of tech companies that is often sexist and racist. Things like t...

    I feel like pretty much everyone should read this book. Will definitely think about some aspects of technology differently having done so. ...

    This is a must-read for all UXers, business analysts and product owners. I read Watcher-Boettcher?s ?Design for Everyday Life? and there are some similar references, but this goes beyond examining product design and illuminates the biases that can cause exclusion and even trauma ...

    Pretty good look with examples/data at how/why the current SV companies bias their apps towards 'young Caucasian males' and what companies should do to fix this. ...

    This is one of the most important books a responsible designer could read. Technology has a lot of responsibility to take, and there are ways to make that happen, but we need more people in higher positions to read content like this book. ...

    This book is a must-read for anyone interested in how tech culture affects all of our lives. ...

    CD, this is a fascinating read that I borrowed from my friend Grace. It looks into the ways our technology has been created with less than the majority audience in mind. It's not written in academic jargon, which I appreciate?Wachter-Boettcher clearly wanted her text to be understood...

  • Katie
    Jan 06, 2018

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

    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...

    Some of the claims this book makes are overly broad, but taken as a whole, this book explains how technology is built on practices of discrimination. It?s not just the homogeneity of Silicon Valley?it?s that cognitive biases and discriminatory ideologies are built into the very p...

    This book is a must read for anyone who uses technology in their daily lives. Sara's writing is so approachable and demystifies tech with examples of how biases in applications affect all of us. It was refreshing to read such an honest critique of the tech-focused world we live in. I c...

    A really important look into the biases built into the tech that permeates our lives. Insightful anecdotes and important points about the need for ethics and diversity in the tech industry. As someone in that space already, most of it wasn?t new, but I?m glad the book exists! I hop...

    Technology is now the energy field that surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds our planet together. But the tech industry is failing all of us in myriads of ways. This book gives a great summary of the problems of technology and how they came to be. Recommended: for everyone who ...

    Insightful and highly readable. None of the examples used will come as a surprise to anyone who?s been following tech stories for the last few years, but the author draws a neat through line that bring the problems into sharper focus. ...

    This isn't the first book I've read about big data and the algorithms behind the technology that works in every facet of our lives can work against us. What was new for me about this book was the discussion on the culture of tech companies that is often sexist and racist. Things like t...

  • Karen
    Feb 18, 2018

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

    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...

    Some of the claims this book makes are overly broad, but taken as a whole, this book explains how technology is built on practices of discrimination. It?s not just the homogeneity of Silicon Valley?it?s that cognitive biases and discriminatory ideologies are built into the very p...

    This book is a must read for anyone who uses technology in their daily lives. Sara's writing is so approachable and demystifies tech with examples of how biases in applications affect all of us. It was refreshing to read such an honest critique of the tech-focused world we live in. I c...

    A really important look into the biases built into the tech that permeates our lives. Insightful anecdotes and important points about the need for ethics and diversity in the tech industry. As someone in that space already, most of it wasn?t new, but I?m glad the book exists! I hop...

    Technology is now the energy field that surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds our planet together. But the tech industry is failing all of us in myriads of ways. This book gives a great summary of the problems of technology and how they came to be. Recommended: for everyone who ...

    Insightful and highly readable. None of the examples used will come as a surprise to anyone who?s been following tech stories for the last few years, but the author draws a neat through line that bring the problems into sharper focus. ...

    This isn't the first book I've read about big data and the algorithms behind the technology that works in every facet of our lives can work against us. What was new for me about this book was the discussion on the culture of tech companies that is often sexist and racist. Things like t...

    I feel like pretty much everyone should read this book. Will definitely think about some aspects of technology differently having done so. ...

    This is a must-read for all UXers, business analysts and product owners. I read Watcher-Boettcher?s ?Design for Everyday Life? and there are some similar references, but this goes beyond examining product design and illuminates the biases that can cause exclusion and even trauma ...

    Pretty good look with examples/data at how/why the current SV companies bias their apps towards 'young Caucasian males' and what companies should do to fix this. ...

    This is one of the most important books a responsible designer could read. Technology has a lot of responsibility to take, and there are ways to make that happen, but we need more people in higher positions to read content like this book. ...

    This book is a must-read for anyone interested in how tech culture affects all of our lives. ...

  • Kathy Reid
    Oct 31, 2017

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

  • Douglas Lord
    Dec 05, 2017

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

  • Elizabeth Grace
    Feb 27, 2018

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

  • Holly Dowell
    Nov 26, 2017

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

    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...

    Some of the claims this book makes are overly broad, but taken as a whole, this book explains how technology is built on practices of discrimination. It?s not just the homogeneity of Silicon Valley?it?s that cognitive biases and discriminatory ideologies are built into the very p...

    This book is a must read for anyone who uses technology in their daily lives. Sara's writing is so approachable and demystifies tech with examples of how biases in applications affect all of us. It was refreshing to read such an honest critique of the tech-focused world we live in. I c...

    A really important look into the biases built into the tech that permeates our lives. Insightful anecdotes and important points about the need for ethics and diversity in the tech industry. As someone in that space already, most of it wasn?t new, but I?m glad the book exists! I hop...

  • Katie Kovalcin
    Oct 10, 2017

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

    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...

    Some of the claims this book makes are overly broad, but taken as a whole, this book explains how technology is built on practices of discrimination. It?s not just the homogeneity of Silicon Valley?it?s that cognitive biases and discriminatory ideologies are built into the very p...

    This book is a must read for anyone who uses technology in their daily lives. Sara's writing is so approachable and demystifies tech with examples of how biases in applications affect all of us. It was refreshing to read such an honest critique of the tech-focused world we live in. I c...

  • Katie
    Oct 14, 2017

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

    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

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

  • Alexandra
    Aug 22, 2018

    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...

    Most tech products are full of blind spots, biases, and outright ethical blunders. Like in the spring of 2015, when Louise Selby, a pediatrician in Cambridge, England, joined PureGym, a British chain. But every time she tried to swipe her membership card to access the women?s locker ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven?t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I enc...

    This is a good solid introduction to a really important issue. Given the nature of the subject matter, a lot of the most striking anecdotes in here were covered by the tech press and so were widely circulated within the community of people observing this kind of thing closely. But even...

    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...

    Read it. You?ll be angry, and inspired. ...

    This scathing critique of the tech industry and its techniques is both informative and hair-raising. Wachter-Boettcher winningly posits that from top (industry giants like Facebook) to bottom (smaller, niche companies), services rely on finely crafted promises of ease, interconnectedne...

    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...

    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...

    Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The cha...

    This is one of those books that I hope gets made into mandatory reading in STEM courses. It does a little good job of highlighting a lot of the recent problems with the current state of "tech" and the dangerous place it's in right now. It was kind of weird to read something talking ...

    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...

    Some of the claims this book makes are overly broad, but taken as a whole, this book explains how technology is built on practices of discrimination. It?s not just the homogeneity of Silicon Valley?it?s that cognitive biases and discriminatory ideologies are built into the very p...

    This book is a must read for anyone who uses technology in their daily lives. Sara's writing is so approachable and demystifies tech with examples of how biases in applications affect all of us. It was refreshing to read such an honest critique of the tech-focused world we live in. I c...

    A really important look into the biases built into the tech that permeates our lives. Insightful anecdotes and important points about the need for ethics and diversity in the tech industry. As someone in that space already, most of it wasn?t new, but I?m glad the book exists! I hop...

    Technology is now the energy field that surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds our planet together. But the tech industry is failing all of us in myriads of ways. This book gives a great summary of the problems of technology and how they came to be. Recommended: for everyone who ...

    Insightful and highly readable. None of the examples used will come as a surprise to anyone who?s been following tech stories for the last few years, but the author draws a neat through line that bring the problems into sharper focus. ...

    This isn't the first book I've read about big data and the algorithms behind the technology that works in every facet of our lives can work against us. What was new for me about this book was the discussion on the culture of tech companies that is often sexist and racist. Things like t...

    I feel like pretty much everyone should read this book. Will definitely think about some aspects of technology differently having done so. ...

    This is a must-read for all UXers, business analysts and product owners. I read Watcher-Boettcher?s ?Design for Everyday Life? and there are some similar references, but this goes beyond examining product design and illuminates the biases that can cause exclusion and even trauma ...

    Pretty good look with examples/data at how/why the current SV companies bias their apps towards 'young Caucasian males' and what companies should do to fix this. ...

    This is one of the most important books a responsible designer could read. Technology has a lot of responsibility to take, and there are ways to make that happen, but we need more people in higher positions to read content like this book. ...

    This book is a must-read for anyone interested in how tech culture affects all of our lives. ...

    CD, this is a fascinating read that I borrowed from my friend Grace. It looks into the ways our technology has been created with less than the majority audience in mind. It's not written in academic jargon, which I appreciate?Wachter-Boettcher clearly wanted her text to be understood...

    This changed up so many of my learned experiences and I saw them from new angles. It will change how you think about many things and how design works against people - marginalizes whole subsets while trying to make something cutesy. How we write marginalized people off for jobs t...