Opinion

Can we trust AI to make decisions?

AI is going to make our lives easier by automating repetitive tasks, releasing resources to focus on higher-value tasks and removing the subjectivity from a human judgement call. Yet, sometimes it goes wrong – people are denied visas, wrongly sent bills and stopped at airports all because AI has mistaken them for someone else. Compounding […]

We should treat data projects as we do scientific experiments

It is received wisdom amongst many ‘data gurus’ that correlation equals insight. And supporting them in their quest are plenty of analytics platforms to spot these correlations and hidden relationships and additional tools to blend data and identify further relationships. The reality is that most data interrelationships are not that simple. Many correlations are based […]

R&D externalisation: getting the IT right

Part 2 of 2: The complex relationships between researchers and their data R&D intensive companies are increasingly interested in externalising their research: working with laboratories outside their company walls through commercial and academic collaborations and alliances. But greater openness carries greater risks. In an increasingly data-driven R&D environment ensuring the company investing in the research […]

R&D externalisation: getting the IT right

Part 1 of 2: Building the technology to share R&D data without risk R&D intensive companies are increasingly interested in externalising their research: working with laboratories outside their company walls through commercial and academic collaborations and alliances. This has several advantages, including accessing a wider range of expertise, sharing research risk, making the business more […]

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