False causality and the importance of effective communication

We live in an era where scientific knowledge is consolidated like never before. Regardless, skepticism in science and, especially, data abounds. In the data science domain, we’re seeing a lot of doubt surrounding the fast-paced development of AI-based tools and ever-more-powerful algorithms. While some of this concern is certainly valid, it is also spurring misguided but increasingly prominent notions such as the “AI is going to replace human workers” cliche. However, this presumption goes against the fact that AI is simply a tool built to enhance human skills and intelligence, not replace them, as is being evidenced in fields ranging from coding to medicine.

Science skepticism can be quite multifaceted. A book published by Haverford College argues that many reports appearing in the news and social media stating how, “according to scientists,” a change in diet or habits will lead to immediate weight reduction, IQ increase and other similar promises are almost always produced to entice as big of an audience as possible and are based on a loose and unverified correlation between two variables.

CentralNic Group Plc (LON:CNIC) provides registry services, distribution, and strategic consultancy for new TLDs, ccTLDs and SLDs.

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