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How Can Doctors Be Sure A Self-Taught Computer Is Making The Right Diagnosis?
National Public Radio

Some computer scientists are enthralled by programs that can teach themselves how to perform tasks, such as reading X-rays.

Many of these programs are called “black box” models because the scientists themselves don’t know how they make their decisions. Already these black boxes are moving from the lab toward doctors’ offices.

The technology has great allure, because computers could take over routine tasks and perform them as well as doctors do, possibly better. But as scientists work to develop these black boxes, they are also mindful of the pitfalls.

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