Even with A.I. - Big Data still does not equal Big Knowledge


A couple of years ago, I wrote an article called Big Data does not equal Big Knowledge about the hype surrounding Big Data approaches in medicine and the life sciences. I am once again reminded of it by the recent and well-publicized failure of IBM’s much lauded artificial intelligence (A.I.) platform Watson, to advance our understanding of disease or its treatment. At least for the time being therefore, it still seems to be the case that having lots and lots of data and clever ways to sift it mathematically and/or semantically, is no guarantee of success. Sure Watson can beat all challengers at Jeopardy but it is unable to tell oncologists anything they don’t already know about how to destroy a patient’s cancer … read full article

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