I would be frustrated by the fact that though I call myself a data ‘scientist’ I am not actually doing science or a scientist. This would be a blow to my ego and I might even begin to question my self worth as an individual. Luckily I could comfort myself with the fact that although data science is not science it is still a valuable field, and well worth all the time I invested in becoming an expert in it. Unfortunately just as I was feeling better I would realize that machines can’t learn and that the term itself is made up of two words that when combined in that order result in a logical contradiction and a thing which is logically impossible. I would say to myself, why didn’t I recognize this before, it seems so obvious in retrospect, if a machine could learn it would no longer be a machine. With that realization my frustration would begin to mount again, then I would cash my six figure paycheck, pick up a couple hookers and some blow, say fuck it, and move on.

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