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Big data, fancy tools, one-click-itis: science or magic?

As someone with a lifelong involvement in problem-solving and IT, I see a trend that gives me pause.  It concerns users who, overwhelmed by the increasing complexity of their work, employ ever more sophisticated computing tools and technology in haphazard fashion, often lacking the know how to be able to gauge the validity, usefulness, or limits of applicability of a given answer or result. Many are left with one option, to simply believe what the tool tells them and accept it as fact, a reluctance to ask questions coming both from a sheer inability to do it as well as from the sizable capital investment often made.

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