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Man vs. Machine: The Battle for the Soul of Data Science

  • David Reid
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Abstract

David Reid asks if data science is just a trendy rebadging of statistics, or whether it is something fundamentally new. The chapter describes how two camps—data scientists and statisticians—are battling for the ‘soul’ of data science. The essence of this fight is the argument for and against the concept of ‘automated reasoning’. Just as the wheel allowed mankind to physically carry far greater loads, could another technology—automated reasoning—enable people to share intellectual burdens? Advances in Artificial Intelligence using Big Data could mean people are no longer the sole agents of genuine discovery and may soon share this special attribute with genuinely intelligent and inventive machines.

Keywords

Big Data Algorithms Data science Statistics Artificial intelligence Machine learning Automated reasoning Human intelligence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Reid
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  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceLiverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUK

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