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> Part one: People assume the machine is 'correct', and that it's making decisions based on data and can 'see things humans can't'.
You left out: the ALGORITHM isn't from any magic source. Not only the data, but the code of how to interpret the data isn't neutral. It makes a lot of assumptions about how data behaves, about how the system functions, etc.
There's a prescient book on this: Technopoly by Neil Postman (the author of Amusing Ourselves to Death, also worth a read).
Postman is a favorite of mine. I read Technopoly a few years ago and it opened my eyes. He was critical of the obsessive use of statistics and of modern medicine, where the doctor pays less attention to the patient and more to the screen and numbers. He had similar criticism for education. It was eye opening. When this drama began my first thought was of him, and the line in Technopoly to the effect of “the surgery was a success but the patient died.”
Another must read is ‘Propaganda, the Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion’ It’s the playbook for what’s going on here and lots of interesting insight. Sadly, I lost my copy. I had it on me in a shopping cart in a department store when I was chased out by four employees for not wearing a mask, and in the confusion I forgot my book in the cart! So unfair! :(
They aren't oppositional views. Read Neil Postman's Technopoly.
That's because we live in a Technopoly: https://www.amazon.com/Technopoly-Surrender-Technology-Neil-Postman/dp/0679745408
We worship the new over everything else.