The post below is written for the upcoming Spanish translation of The Book of Why, which was announced today. It expresses my firm belief that the current data fitting direction taken by Science is temporary (read my lips!), that the future of Science lies in causal data interpretation and that we should prepare ourselves for the backlash swing.Much has been said about how ill prepared our health care system was in coping with catastrophic outbreaks like COVID 19. Yet viewed from the corner of my expertise, the ill preparedness can also be seen as a failure of information technology to keep track of and interpret the outpour of data that have arrived from multiple and conflicting sources, corrupted by noise and omission, some by sloppy collection and some by deliberate misreporting, AI could and should have equipped society with intelligent data fusion technology, to interpret such conflicting pieces of information and reason its way out of the confusion.Speaking from the perspective of causal inference research, I have been part of a team that has developed a complete theoretical underpinning for such problems; a development that is briefly described in Chapter 10 of The Book of Why.
Independence Party, who had no members of Parliament in the 650 seat House of Commons before the election was called, declined to pause campaigning. Leader Paul Nuttall said refuse to suspend campaigning because this is precisely what the extremists would want us to do. Even with campaigning suspended, May made a strongly worded and inevitably political statement in front of her 10 Downing St.
The COVID 19 pandemic continues to disrupt schedules and will for the foreseeable future. In the coming week only two city entities are holding virtual meetings while others are on hiatus until the city’s virtual meeting capabilities expand. Meeting details are listed on agendas (see below), but all should have virtual public participation options..
Also at Tuesday’s Council meeting, the owners of Blue Agave Restaurant Lounge, 117 S Butler St, have withdrawn their application to change their licensed conditions. Lots of new business for introduction due to only one meeting in December including a new cost sharing agreement with Wis DOT for Blair/Nolen reconstruction (still out a few years) and a proposal to select an architecture team for the Madison Public Market. For those following the James Madison Park Master Plan process, the Board of Parks Commissioners will review two new parking options at their Wednesday meeting.