What we’re reading next

Last week I asked you to help choose our online book club’s next reading.  Sixty-seven votes later, we have a clear winner.

I’m happy to announce the book will be (drum roll, please)… Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction!

Weapons of Math Destruction, cover

This is a hugely important book about data, data analytics, algorithms, and artificial intelligence.

Tomorrow I’ll announce a reading schedule and share some more information.  In the mean time, you can start finding the book at your local library, or from its official site, or via Amazon.

The poll was pretty interesting.  O’Neil’s book clearly distanced itself from the pack.

In the second tier were, with 5-6 votes apiece: Chris Newfield, The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them; Rajiv Jhangiani, Robert Biswas-Diener, Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science; Strauss and Howe, The Fourth Turning.  Right behind them were Peter Frase, Four Futures: Life After Capitalism; Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz, The Race between Education and Technology; Jeff Selingo, College Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What it Means for Students; Zeynep Tufekci, Twitter and Teargas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest.  People seem very interested in education, technology, and politics.

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