In many ways, algorithms remain outside our grasp, and they are designed to be. This is not to say that we should not aspire to illuminate their workings and impact. We should. But we may also need to prepare ourselves for more and more encounters with the unexpected and ineffable associations they will sometimes draw for us, the fundamental uncertainty about who we are speaking to or hearing, and the palpable but opaque undercurrents that move quietly beneath knowledge when it is managed by algorithms.

Honor Harger quotes from Tarleton Gillespie essay The Relevance of Algorithms.

An accommodation with and accounting for “fundamental uncertainty” is one of the core qualities of the new literacy.

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