2018 Hagey Lecture: Weapons of Math Destruction

Hagey Hall - Humanities Theatre
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM EST 
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Event Details

We are releasing individual tickets as they are cancelled. There will also be a stand-by line and we will release all empty seats at 6:55pm.

We live in the age of the algorithm. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as mathematician and author Cathy O’Neil reveals, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Models are propping up the lucky and punishing the downtrodden, creating a “toxic cocktail for democracy.” Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.

Getting to the Humanities Theatre
The theatre is located inside Hagey Hall, which is near the University Avenue entrance to the University, at University Avenue West and Seagram Drive. Free parking is available in lot H (gates open at 6:30 p.m.) and paid parking in lot C for a flat rate of $5.00 (credit or coins). Free parking spaces are limited and we encourage you to use public or active transportation if possible.

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Cathy O'Neil


Hagey Hall - Humanities Theatre
200 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON N2L 3G5 CA


2018 Hagey Lecture

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Hagey Lectures

Waterloo's premier invitational public lecture series since 1970, the Hagey Lectures – named after the university's first president – are co-sponsored by the Faculty Association and the University of Waterloo. The annual lectures are intended to challenge, stimulate and enrich not only the faculty, staff and students of the University, but all members of this community.