• How the tendency to design for the "average" leads to all kinds of problems for the real, diverse world of people. Add to this the long history of data sets that omit whole populations due to racist or sexist practices and we're living in a world that doesn't suit many of us very well. There is a hope that new technologies will reduce the cost of customized solutions while enabling easy distribution to fractured markets to ease the pains of ill fitting solutions. While that has happened to some extent, whether it's an education or a suit, bespoke products still carry a cost premium over the mass produced versions designed to serve the average. It isn't clear yet whether the world of "big data" will lead to better outcomes for outliers or carve out new generalizations that are more focused but still harmful in their assumptions.


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More next week.