That is what I was saying.
That’s not me. I value them appropriately.
Ok try it like this. Data answers what in particular and specifically regardless of any further context? Then you sill see what I mean.
Early days of training A.I. from Internet data. The A.I. Thought water flowed uphill as that was the most common conclusion from the data (you see folk don’t say water flows downhill to make a point, they use the negative to disprove a point).
In any case I do value data, but I am also aware of how badly wrong it can be, look at recent elections. look at the age of massive increases in middle management and tick sheet mentality. In the '90s where the NHS had doctors replaced with managers and data collectors.
If you watch some Adam Curtis and in particular [EDIT (I used the wrong docu link here) hypernormalisation HyperNormalisation - Wikipedia HyperNormalisation: A new film by Adam Curtis - BBC iPlayer - YouTube ] It gives a great overview of the data collection movement and it’s issues and pretty damming real life consequences.
100% (well almost all I imagine) of these surveyors/data analysts thought they were getting real valuable data and could improve society and so on, for the Soviets it crushed their empire, for the rest of the West it has led to what we have now mass confusion.
So yes I do value data, I am no dinosaur and I firmly believe that this world is so complex, never mind human behaviour complexity, that I always take data collection with a great degree of scepticism.
So yes, it’s valuable and yes it’s also very dangerous as nobody with bad data knows it’s bad data. I have seen it many many times, even in MaidSafe.
I agree, things like, how folk feel about privacy, price of disk space, take-up of mobile versus desktop and much much more. That is all very valuable. Much of it satisfies a gut feel or general perception, sometimes it can actually do the opposite and that’s good (maybe better).
I can guarantee you that I am not However thinking any data is good is wrong, bad data is worse than having no data. What I am saying is there is a significant amount of bad data and data from surveys … well let’s look at experiences, the worlds best … election predictions! I am not ignoring experiences here I am highlighting actual recent and relevant experiences.
Again folks I am not saying data is bad I am saying probably most collected data is likely not telling us what we think. most != all, for the avoidance of doubt.