Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Cynics would say that the algorithm worked exactly as designed when it included administrators and doctors seeing patients remotely from home, "especially since hospital leadership had been made aware of the problem on Tuesday... and responded not by fixing the algorithm." As Roger McNamee wrote, "One of the core attractions of algorithms is that they allow the powerful to blame a black box for politically unattractive outcomes for which they would otherwise be responsible." This is why we need to be doubly watchful of the role of the algorithm in education.

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