What is the concept of scale in Cathy O'Neils Weapons of Mass Destruction?

In Cathy O'Neil's Weapons of Mass Destruction, she defines the concept of scale as "what turns WMDs from local nuisances into tsunami forces." Indeed, scale is when a mathematical model/algorithm becomes so big and includes so much data that it’s "very close to the power of the law."

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In Cathy O'Neil's thought-provoking book on data and algorithms, she argues that there are three main elements of a WMD or weapons of math destruction. The three elements are opacity, scale, and damage. We won't get into opacity and damage right now. Let's just stick with scale, as that's what you asked about.

According to O'Neil, "Scale is what turns WMDs from local nuisances into tsunami forces." What leads O'Neil to make such a dire claim? To answer that, we must understand what she means by scale. She tells us what...

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