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Strategic Wisdom vs. Tactical Scenarios

Professional data scientists are synthesizers of a wide diversity of data - turning data and information into specialized high value knowledge to achieve specific goals.

Strategic wisdom is a prudent plan to achieve one or more "big" long-term goals - consisting of a number of subsidiary medium-term and short-term goals. Developing long-term strategic wisdom is extremely difficult and required to formulate subsidiary goals. Senior data scientists help formulate strategy and modify as future reality shifts in complex environments.

Photonic Tensor Cores + 5G = Killer Apps

Speed kills in data science. Faster and higher performing processors allow more efficient data science tools at reasonable cost. This opens a blue ocean of high value data science in reasonable time frames for optimal near real time decision making.

Tensor core units (TCU) outperform graphic processing units (GPU) by three (3) times. Photonic Tensor Cores have the potential to crunch massive amounts and diversities of data faster and cheaper.

The Data Science Advantage

​Organizations with the best data scientists, quality and variety of data, and learning algorithms (AI) have a significant competitive advantage.

Decisions based on unbiased data science evidence from high quality data and learning algorithms are superior - over time - to decisions based on human intuition and reasoning alone.

Data science evidence in conjunction with human reasoning and creativity is superior to either data science evidence alone or human reasoning and logic alone.

Real Data Scientists are Humble

You are a seasoned professional data scientist. You love your work and made a cool US $2.4 million dollars in income last year.

Society anoints you the new Master of the Universe. You help elect US presidents and make your clients/employers huge profits. Others want to be like you and some want to love you.

Yet you must at all costs STAY HUMBLE. Successful people act with humility and treat others with respect.

Bad Data: Don't be a Gullible Fool

Professional data scientists rank quality and veracity of data. Recently we have seen a significant rise in the amount of untruthful data and false data creation. During COVID19, we often see both untruthful and truthful data taken out of context and thus creating a misleading interpretation. Data scientists sometimes call this torturing the data to fit a narrative or theory.

Scenario Analysis vs. Predictions

Making predictions is currently in vogue yet most real world futures are unpredictable. Human behavior, social life, biology, government and business occur in high causal density environments. Complex pathogens like COVID19 are unpredictable yet both trained epidemiologists and amateurs attempt to predict and advocate policies to achieve vague goals. They mostly fail and look foolish.

Reality vs. Narrative

Today's world is overloaded with data and information yet lacking in knowledge and wisdom. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish between reality and narrative. Remember wisdom of Freeman Dyson:

Viruses of the Mind

While dealing with COVID19 we must also consider a more serious and pernicious type of pathogen. Viruses of the mind appear to be a more serious long-term problem in the world today. We must honor the distinction between theoretical and practical reason.