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

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

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.)

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