How the “World’s Least-Famous Scientists” Are Making the Economy Tick With A.I.

Only the most dedicated statistics geeks would get into actuarial science, although the field of study is secretly pretty cool: actuaries are charged with enormous responsibility — their job is essentially to predict the future, although unlike futurologists, there are real and severe consequences to getting it wrong. The world’s “least famous scientists” will be in Lyon, France later this month for the ISFA-Columbia University Actuarial Science Workshop to talk about how smart machines will bring better predictions to an increasingly unpredictable world. Rather than predict what future technologies will corrupt the brains of future children and grandchildren, actuaries concern themselves with money and risk. How will climate change affect home insurance claims from hurricanes ten years from now? If 20-somethings are promised a pension plan on certain terms today,…


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