Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Human Intuition: Musings on the importance of uniquely human aspects of knowing

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


As part of the Strathclyde Oman Centre Management talk series, Dr Viktor Dörfler will illuminate the way top human experts learn and think, as compared to the way the top artificial intelligence algorithms learn and process data. He will share insights from his intriguing study on the nature of intuition, and will argue that while Big Data Analysis (BDA) can get us more data and faster, it is not, and will never be, an adequate substitute for human thinking.

Dr Dörfler will explore the difference between human learning and the learning algorithms of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and why this matters in the context of knowledge work. Based on interviews with some of the world’s top scientists, including 17 Nobel Laureates, as well as with 18 of the world’s best chefs, Dr Dörfler takes the stand on inimitability of humanity. He insists that there are uniquely human features which play a crucial role in exceptional performance. Because of this, Dr Dörfler argues, AI will never match the leadership of an outstanding CEO, a great poet’s deeply moving writing, or nurturing care for the patient by a nurse in a hospital. The role of smart technology, including BDA and AI, is not to replace human intuition, but to support it.
Period8 Jan 2018
Event titleStrathclyde Oman Centre Management talk
Event typeSeminar
LocationMuscat, OmanShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Intuition
  • artificial intelligence
  • big data