“When you have enough data, sometimes, you don’t have to be too clever”

Peter Norvig, famed AI researcher and one of the creators of the Stanford AI online class:

Past, Present, Future Vision of AI – Google and AAAI 2011

“And it was fun looking at the comments, because you’d see things like ‘well, I’m throwing in this naive Bayes now, but I’m gonna come back and fix it it up and come up with something better later.’ ¬†And the comment would be from 2006. [laughter] And I think what that says is, when you have enough data, sometimes, you don’t have to be too clever about coming up with the best algorithm.”

(Peter’s speaking about search algorithms, but what if you applied this to running a startup? Or life in general?)

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