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

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


In this Strathclyde Evening Talk, Dr 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 a stand on the 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.

This talk is relevant to all knowledge workers who are ‘thinking for a living’, as Tom Davenport put it. Join us to learn why the most exceptional achievements of the future will result from the intuitive knowledge of smart people who are supported by smart technology, rather than just by smart technology alone.
Period11 Dec 2017
Event titleStrathclyde Evening Talk
Event typeSeminar
LocationDubai, United Arab EmiratesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Intuition
  • artificial intelligence
  • big data