I love it.
I’m not a data scientist but I know enough about the field to know that it is, as you described, an ingenious (I don’t believe I’m overstating, the math I have seen is pretty amazing) and self-correcting mathematical tool used to solve complex problems. It’s frustrating to hear lay people conflate what they see in sci-fi movies like 2001 A Space Odyssey or Westworld* and think machine learning is making some sort of human like consciousness on a computer. You’re right that the public needs to be disabused of this and using a more accurate and less confusing name that actually describes what is happening like ‘advanced analytics’ instead of ‘artificial intelligence’ is a good start.
*Don’t get me wrong. I’m still a fan of both but it’s amazing how quickly people forget that ‘it’s just a movie/show’.