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'Computer algo' blamed for 450k UK women failing to receive breast screening invite

Barry Rueger

Re: 'Computer algo' blamed

No, people write computer programs, people provide the training data and managers sign off and release it. Other managers deploy it.

Thank you for that. It irritates me no end when some catastrophe is blamed on a "computer bug." No, it's the fault of a person who screwed up while writing the program, or the people supervising the project, not a magically appearing "bug."

Worse is when blame is placed on an algorithm. Every choice made by an algorithm is decided by some person, usually for a specific reason. When you get screwed over it's because someone decided you should be, not because HAL decided not to open the pod Bay doors.

All of this leads the general public to think that they're powerless against "computers, " and that problems are caused solely by technology, not by the people who implement it.

Politicians know this, corporations know this, and tech giants especially know this.

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