Our law makers, our doctors, our artists, our engineers, and others make decisions every day without the complete information available on a topic. And the amount of information grows daily on any given topic. On TED:
Melissa Garren: The sea we’ve hardly seen is video I was watching when Melissa said something I have known for many years, but never had the thought I had when I was listening to her. The quote is between 30 to 45 seconds into the video which you can watch here.
If we keep collecting data on every topic known (and some currently unknown topics), and we as humans cannot hold in our minds all the data know on any given topic (let alone holding all the information known at a given time), how can we overlook the mistakes we make from lack of information and its understanding. The increase in information and understanding increases our perception of the mistakes we made out of ignorance becomes more acute IF WE HAVE SOMEONE WHO HAS THE RELEVANT DATA ABOUT A PARTICULAR MISTAKE IN MIND AT THE TIME S/HE IS CONTEMPLATING THE MISTAKE.
That is very rare. We do not have many people who have even close to the amount of data available on a given topic. So, if we did have someone who could contain the data and understand it, we would minimize the mistakes we would make. Computers can hold many more times the data our minds can hold (almost limitless) and we can teach them to understand. So, why not let our computers start making decisions now and compare the decisions to a human's decisions on a particular topic?
Medicine would be a good place to start.