The big problem with big data? Without theory, it’s just garbage

Uta Frith doesn’t want to meet Donald Trump. “There would be no point in my saying anything to him,” she says. “Mostly, when scientists give advice to politicians, politicians listen only to the things they want to hear.” Frith, a developmental psychologist who works at University College London, should know. Not only has she been a pioneer in the study of dyslexia and autism — in the 1960s, she was one of the first researchers in the UK to study Asperger’s Syndrome — but she has also been working to advance the interests of women in science for decades.

As part of our Scientists Meet the Media series, Frith spoke to WIRED about mind over matter, big data and her fear that AI will lead to loss of meaningful jobs.

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