Thursday, October 17, 2002

The moral of the story

Via elegant hack:
Google's claim that it offers "a news service compiled solely by computer algorithms without human intervention" is misleading, at best. What about the programmers who wrote the algorithms? What about the designers and architects who structured and organized the templates? What about the thousands of reporters and editors who wrote and selected the articles?"

I get concerned when technologies are seen to be separate from us, passive and value-free. Christina astutely points out that computer algorithms hardly function without human intervention, and I would add that as long as we continue to believe that they do, we will not be able to locate any sort of accountability. Find the bodies in the data!


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