Kurt is the founder and CEO of Semantical, LLC, a consulting company focusing on enterprise data hubs, metadata management, semantics, and NoSQL systems. He has developed large scale information and data governance strategies for Fortune 500 companies in the health care/insurance sector, media and entertainment, publishing, financial services and logistics arenas, as well as for government agencies in the defense and insurance sector (including the Affordable Care Act). Kurt holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
I’m writing this in response to a question posed to me, one I think is well worth pondering: Is AI antithetical to Democracy?
Data Scientists emerged about four years ago as THE must-have employee. Everyone in tech scrambled to brush off the old statistics books from courses they’d taken in college, spent some serious time relearning Python Pandas and R, learned the latest in Machine Learning theory, and bought new lab coats for good measure. I know I did.
Sometimes classifications hit home in an uncomfortable way. Most software developers, if asked about what kind of role they play, will generally identify as being "professionals" in the same way that a doctor or lawyer is a professional. Indeed, this is also the classification the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses for the profession. On the surface, this should be obvious - most programmers have at least a Bachelor's degree, many have credentials, they are involved with creative work, and they work in an office. Indeed, many tend to aspire to being a "scientist" and their perspective is, not surprisingly, academic.
Robots are coming, immigrants are taking over our jobs, outsourcing, lazy Millennials - the number of factors being blamed for the current (real) economic malaise are varied, some with a certain justification (automation is affecting employment) and some without (there is no evidence that immigration negatively takes jobs that would otherwise be filled by US citizens). However, there is almost certainly one group that is affecting the economy negatively: Boomers.