An executive’s guide to machine learning

Dorian Pyle, Cristina San Jose, McKinsey, Jul 10, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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I think this is a pretty good article overall. It tells the executive officer what machine learning is without making the mistake of telling them what machine learning is. That is, it focuses more on value and use than it does on technology and mechanics. I think this is a bit of a cop-out, though: "Without strategy as a starting point, machine learning risks becoming a tool buried inside a company’s routine operations." That's like saying, "without learning objectives you can't rely on machine learning to recommend learning resources." In one sense, this is true, but in another, deeper, sense, you want the machine learning to tell you what the strategic (or learning) options are. You don't know what you don't know, but good AI should help you with that.

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