no human intervention
CAPPS is a government administered computer application that operates in the background of our reservations computer system. This application scans the data in each reservation record and prompts for additional security measures when specific data are present. There is no human intervention in the CAPPS selection process and US Airways personnel cannot modify a reservation to prevent a search or cause a passenger to be selected. An “S” is printed on the boardign pass of each passenger who is a CAPPS selection so that our gate personnel and security agents know which customers require additional screening.
Compare this to Google’s bragging about the objectivity of GoogleNews:
Google News is highly unusual in that it offers a news service compiled solely by computer algorithms without human intervention. Google employs no editors, managing editors, or executive editors. While the sources of the news vary in perspective and editorial approach, their selection for inclusion is done without regard to political viewpoint or ideology.
Or, indeed, look at ValueCents, a program that interprets financial data, and according to the CEO, “has two unique benefits. First, the analysis is objective. There is no human intervention; it is being generated by artificial intelligence.”
Do most people really trust computers more than people? Is it because they have no faces? How on earth can we think an algorithm is objective!?
(Related: my posts on links and power from 2002)