Thursday, October 09, 2014

Let Data Ask Questions, Not Just Answer Them - Michael Schrage - Harvard Business Review

From an overview by Michael Schrage, who recently published a book on the topic domain

"The bigger the data, the more profitable and productive predictive analytics can be. But that’s conventional wisdom. Innovators more intent on inventing the future than predicting it should look hard at how cutting-edge scientists now computationally massage their big data. “AI” — artificial intelligence — is giving way to “AH” — automated hypothesis. AH, not AI, will increasingly inspire tomorrow’s breakthrough innovation.

As The Economist recently observed: “More than 90 groups of scientists are now developing hypothesis-generation software. They hope to use it not on recipe books but on the vast corpus of scientific literature (by one tally at least 50m scientific papers) that has piled up in public databases.” "
Let Data Ask Questions, Not Just Answer Them - Michael Schrage - Harvard Business Review
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