The great question of the 21st century: Whose black box do you trust?

by Larry Emmott on October 3, 2016

in General

By┬áTim O’Reilly ┬áPulse:

Some years ago, John Mattison, the Chief Medical Information Officer of Kaiser Permanente, the large integrated health provider, said to me, “The great question of the 21st century is going to be ‘Whose black box do you trust?'” Mattison was talking about the growing importance of algorithms in medicine, but his point, more broadly, was that we increasingly place our trust in systems whose methods for making decisions we do not understand. (A black box, by definition, is a system whose inputs and outputs are known, but the system by which one is transformed to the other is unknown.)

Source: The great question of the 21st century: Whose black box do you trust? | Tim O’Reilly | Pulse | LinkedIn

This long article has very little to do with dentistry but does have some very good insights into how both Google and Facebook determine what we see when we use those platforms. They both have “secret” algorithms. Since they are secret by definition we do not know how they work, they are true “black boxes”. Do you trust them?

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