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Artificial Intelligence Is Not Intelligence – Interview With Andy Cotgreave (Keynote Speaker at Crunch Conf)


Crunch is coming to Budapest, Hungary on 16-18 Oct. Use code KDNuggets to save on Data Science, Data Engineering, or BI tracks. But first, read this interview with keynote speaker Andy Cotgreave.



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Andy Cotgreave has seen many crimes committed against data, he’s even committed many himself. He has inspired thousands of people with technical advice on how to identify trends in visual analytics and develop their own data-discovery skills. We asked the keynote speaker of Crunch Data Conference about buzzwords and career tips. Keep reading to get a $100 worthy coupon to the conference!

Andy CotgreaveIn 2006, when Andy Cotgreave was just beginning to move into data analytics, he saw the Chart Chooser from Extreme Presentations and fell in love with data visualization. Since then he’s still learning the amazing nuances about the different ways to present data. As he has over 10 years’ experience in data visualization and business intelligence, we were of course curious what he thinks about current buzzwords and breakthroughs he would hope we discussed in five years. Funnily enough, Andy answered the same: 

“Artificial Intelligence. It’s not intelligence, it might never be. The work of AI is at best clever use of algorithms to analyse large amounts of data. It has become a lazy term applied to too many tools and gadgets. The result of this is a high risk of over-promising and under-delivering on potential benefits of this technology.”

While he’s worried that the hype around AI might stifle its development, he’s hopeful to see the emerging need for openness with the technology among scientists. 

“In my own field of data analytics, I’m looking forward to seeing algorithms assist an analyst in their analytical flow. Imagine exploring a dataset and applying models to your data so it can find all the interesting paths for analysis. Imagine preparing a new data source and modelling locates and automates a lot of the data cleaning.” 

To find out what advice did Andy Cotgreave give for data professionals entering the field, click here to read the full interview. 

Crunch is one of the most inspiring data conferences in Central Europe with three tracks: Data Science, Data Engineering and Business Intelligence – Andy will be the keynote speaker of the latter. Join us on October 16-18 in Budapest with stellar speakers from companies like Facebook, Netflix and Cloudera and don’t forget to use the discount code ‘KDNuggets’ to save $100 off your conference ticket.

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