‘intuition relevant as long as the future is unknown’
In a world where size matters the most, big data has had a profound impact. Someone may ask, what is big about it? Is it a new concept? Honestly, the concept of big data has been around for ages. Huge amounts of data have been produced by every human being over the years—more than one billion people in our country and over six billion people across the globe are the true source of big data.
But it is the ability to capture, comprehend, process, and learn from big data that is new. With the emergence of social networking sites and the rise of IoT, the world has become more connected, and capturing data has become easier. In recent times, many organizations and researchers have achieved success due to big data. But in my opinion, big data demands big intuition, small intuition is not relevant anymore.
What is big intuition? It is simple—intuition that works on big canvas, has data pointers, and the ability to handle uncertainty. Statistics is a sort of scientific prediction and where it ends or fails, intuition begins. With the advent of big data, intuition will reach the next level. It will become big intuition.
Too much data and context are detrimental to creativity. In a world of creative machines, we are not respecting the creativity of individuals. After all, intuition is about creativity, intent, and intelligence going hand in hand. Can one bury them under a heap of data? Of course we can.
But intuition will always remain relevant as long as the future is unknown. Can big data kill uncertainty completely? Not at all. The ability to capture and process data can give us some pointers, but cannot kill uncertainty. So, probably it is going to be big intuition, big intention, and big intelligence sitting on top of big data in a world where size matters the most.
Technology has pushed creativity to the backseat many a time; but it is still a challenge for technology to decode intuition. But in the new scientific era, intuition will reach new heights, intuition machines can become the next innovation. There can be a future where men will sit with machines and together use intuition to predict the future.
Without intuition, the world will become cemented bricks of data, these data bricks forcing you to take known moves. Concepts come and go, but intuition remains.