Data science is one of the fastest growing industries and has been called the ‘Sexiest job of the 21st Century’. But what exactly is data science? In this podcast, brought to you by DataCamp, Hugo Bowne-Anderson approaches the question by exploring what problems data science can solve rather than defining what data science is. From automated medical diagnosis and self-driving cars to recommendation systems and climate change, come on a journey with experts from industry and academia to explore the industry that will change the course of the 21st century.


episode 50: #50 Weapons of Math Destruction

In episode 50, our Season 1, 2018 finale of DataFramed, the DataCamp podcast, Hugo speaks with Cathy O’Neil, data scientist, investigative journalist, consultant, algorithmic auditor and author of the critically acclaimed book Weapons of Math Destruction. Cathy and Hugo discuss the ingredients that make up weapons of math destruction, which are algorithms and models that are important in society, secret and harmful, from models that decide whether you keep your job, a credit card or insurance to algorithms that decide how we’re policed, sentenced to prison or given parole? Cathy and Hugo discuss the current lack of fairness in artificial intelligence, how societal biases are perpetuated by algorithms and how both transparency and auditability of algorithms will be necessary for a fairer future. What does this mean in practice? Tune in to find out. As Cathy says, “Fairness is a statistical concept. It's a notion that we need to understand at an aggregate level.” And, moreover, “data science doesn't just predict the future. It causes the future.”



  • DataFramed Survey (take it so that we can make an even better podcast for you)


  • DataFramed Guest Suggestions (who do you want to hear on Season 2?)


  • Cathy on Twitter
  • Cathy's Blog Mathbabe
  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy by Cathy O'Neil
  • Cathy's Opinion Column, Bloomberg 
  • Doing Data Science (By Cathy O'Neil and Rachel Schutt)
  • Cathy O'Neil & Hanna Gunn's "Ethical Matrix" paper coming soon.


Data Science Best Practices (with Heather Nolis ~20:30)

  • Using docker to deploy an R plumber API (By Jonathan Nolis and Heather Nolis)
  • Enterprise Web Services with Neural Networks Using R and TensorFlow (By Jonathan Nolis and Heather Nolis)

Data Science Best Practices (with Ben Skrainka ~39:35)

  • The Clean Coder Blog (By Robert C. Martin)
  • James Shore’s blog post on Red, Green, Refactor
  • Jeff Knupp’s Python Unittesting tutorial (general unit tests in Python)
  • John Myles White’s Intro to Unit Testing in R

Original music and sounds by The Sticks.


 2018-11-26  55m