This tweet caught my eye.
The algorithm I worked on at Google recommended Alex Jones' videos more than 15,000,000,000 times, to some of the most vulnerable people in the nation.
— Guillaume Chaslot (@gchaslot) February 25, 2018
That’s 15 billion recommendations.
If you decide to pursue a career in data science there’s a good chance your work will have a direct impact on peoples’ lives. Your impact might not be on the same scale as Guillaume’s but you won’t know until your work is out there. The models we build have the potential to take on lives of their own. To grow, to spread virally, and to influence what people see, hear, and read. You can influence how people think, vote, love.
With great power comes great responsibility.