Boxing Clever

(Mar 15, 2010)

Occasionally one comes across the expression "black box" with regards to a piece of software.  The user cannot see the inner workings of the software and may worry about what calculations are being performed.  It is worth taking a step back and looking at the dictionary definition of the term "black box":

black box n. 1. a self-contained unit in an electronic or computer system whose circuitry need not be known to understand its function. 2. an informal name for flight recorder.

Source: Collins English dictionary, Second Edition 1986.

 

Here we can see that the term "black box" is not pejorative when applied to computer system - indeed the majority of commercial software…

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