Why Dario Villani trusts machine learning

Duality Group CEO says people should abandon ‘top-down, godlike model’ and their need to understand

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Man versus machine: Villani says machine learning is more flexible than traditional modelling approaches

When Dario Villani was a child on the Amalfi coast in southern Italy, his father was convinced anti-lock braking systems would never improve on the rapid reflexes of human drivers. He did not trust the new brakes to do a better job of keeping cars from careening off the twisty roads edging the Mediterranean than a human driver could.

Perhaps this is why Villani has faith that Wall Street will one day embrace machine learning – despite its lack of any track record so far.

“Human portfolio

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