Notes from the Electronic Cottage 2/3/22: Weapons of Math Destruction

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Now and again, we wander through the Electronic Cottage archives to see whether old episodes are still relevant in our fast changing tech world. Some, of course, are no longer relevant. But some sound like they could have been written yesterday. Here is one of those episodes on “Weapons of Math Destruction”, perhaps even more relevant today than back in January 2017 when it was first broadcast, since algorithms affect our everyday lives even more today.

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.