‘in­tu­ition rel­e­vant as long as the fu­ture is un­known’

The Smart Manager - - Data Vs Intuition - DR PARAG KULKA­RNI IS A RE­SEARCHER ON BIG DATA AND MA­CHINE EARN­ING. HE IS ALSO THE AU­THOR OF MANY BOOKS, IN­CLUD­ING BIG DATA AN­A­LYT­ICS.

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.

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