BayesDB: Data science is a communication problem

Hughes printing telegraph, 1872-1873. (source: Popular Science Monthly on Wikimedia Commons).Editor’s note: Richard Tibbetts and Vikash Mansinghka will discuss BayesDB in more detail during a talk at the Strata + Hadoop World conference in San Jose, March 28-31, 2016. The late Fred Brooks may be most famous for The Mythical Man Month, but his greatest essay, in my opinion, is No Silver Bullet. Brooks recognized that our civilization, in adopting computing, is fascinated with tools that make things go faster. Tools are great. We understand tools. We like to build tools. We get to sell tools. But computing is not a tools problem. Computing is a communications problem. We need to enable communication between those who understand software and those who understand reality. Data science is currently in a tools…

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