“Actually, I’m not interested in numbers at all. I’m interested in people and their lives. But you can’t understand the world if you don’t grasp numbers: orders of magnitude; speed of change.”
Michael Jordan, a professor at University California Berkeley in computer science and statistics, and his work looks at the foundational aspects and overlap between the two fields. There’s too much hype about the use of data, says Jordan, although he believes it will dominate human life for the next several hundred years at least.
Where artificial intelligence is concerned, “we are often just mimicking what humans are doing without any of the depth associated with human understanding or reasoning”. In areas like advertising, Jordan argues, errors are usually not life-threatening. But medicine or transportation are a different matter. “The exuberance and hype will probably get diminished as we move into other fields,” he says.