I recently blogged about the risks of social rating systems. Machine learning adds another dimension to this.
In her book “Weapons of Math Destruction”, Cathy O’Neil highlights the umaccountability of algorithms used to make decisions that have a significant impact on peoples’ lives. The details of these algorithms are often undocumented—for commercial or security reasons—making it difficult to challenge their conclusions.
Unaccountable big data algorithms serve to amplify the risks posed by social scoring.