Can A Computer Do Your Job? http://tinyurl.com/4nt5kf8
The examples in the article are surprisingly “high end”, pitting humans choosing potential University entrants against a simple algorith, and the algorithm wins.
Could a computer do your job as a ‘creative’ individual? An editor, writer or producer?
If your role is truly creative probably not. But as we try and take the boring out of post, we’ve realized a lot of so-called ‘creative work’ isn’t. It’s not creative synchronizing separate system audio and video. It’s not creative stringing out a first assemble of scripted content. That’s grunt work, to get to a point where the final story can be crafted out of the script and shoot. (The first assemble bears little relationship to the final edit.)
We’ve even established that, with the right metadata a basic first cut can be pulled out of log notes – that’s First Cuts, which we released more than two years ago.
So, can a computer do your job? If someone can analyze what you do, it can be replicated in software. Fortunately most “creative’ tasks are hard to analyze as to why something “works” – intuition is hard to replicate (at least until we understand what mechanisms happen beneath the intuition).
Anyway, with hindsight, I found most of the facade put forth by various departments (eg, auto lending, health care lending), was very misleading. Everyone made the simple complicated. I think deep down, no one likes to think a computer can do their job, and there are many instances where exceptions matter, so a great deal is made out of these special cases. Yet the false positives made them great anecdotes, but horrible for generalizations. Thus, simple rules dominate their much more costly, confusing, and non-quantitative product created by teams of analysts.