The Rise of the Data Natives

  • Digital natives program their thermostat. Data natives expect the thermostat to program itself.
  • Digital natives use the Starbucks mobile app. Data natives want the app to know their favorite drinks — and when to suggest a new one.
  • Digital natives use a cloud-connected baby monitor. Data natives expect their baby monitor to automatically calculate crying percentiles based on millions of other babies.
Autocorrect miss on a tweet featuring “the SCIENCE guy”, “US Chief Data SCIENTIST”, and “learning some sconce”, a phrase with zero Google hits (vs. 12K for “learning some science”). We’re not there yet.

The good news is that data natives’ frustration with not-so-smart technology is exactly what will make the promise of artificial intelligence a reality.

A good user interface offsets algorithm shortcomings, and helps technology make the leap from novelty to indispensable.

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Data Science advisor. Turning data into products and stories. Former VP of Data @Jawbone & @LinkedIn data scientist. Equity partner @DCVC. CMU CS PhD.

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Monica Rogati

Monica Rogati

Data Science advisor. Turning data into products and stories. Former VP of Data @Jawbone & @LinkedIn data scientist. Equity partner @DCVC. CMU CS PhD.

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