7 Must Watch Documentaries on Statistics and Machine Learning

Karthe 26 Jun, 2020
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“Soon, our habitat will be invaded by unreal humans. Not only they’ll influence our way of living, but also intervene in our modus operandi.”

I’m not the only one who thinks this way. Last week I released a list of must watch movies on Machine Learning and Data Science. I’ve watched 8 of them till now. These movies reveal the smart use of data and machine learning to make our lives better.

Today, I am listing down some of the best documentaries on Data Science, Statistics and machine learning that I have come across.

A documentary is nothing but a nonfictional representation of an incident. It consist of factual arguments and real life events. Unlike a movie, documentaries are more realistic and connected to a real-life purpose.


Why should you watch these documentaries?

We live in a sphere of technological advancements which is majorly driven by data. A decade back, the use of data was limited for statistical measures and studies. But now, everything has changed. Data influences our lives at personal and professional level. The combination of data, programming and mathematics have completely transformed the ways of doing business. Even businesses like wall street trading, casino gambling, sports are largely driven by data mining methods.

That’s interesting ! But how did it all start ?

Documentaries below will try to answer this question. If you are also a crazy soul for data science and machine learning, you’ll find them worthy. These documentaries are based on Statistics, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematics and related topics.

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Must Watch Documentaries

The Joy of Statistics 

Duration: ~ 60 minutes

For those of you who find statistics boring, here is a proof that it’s ‘not’. It’s a breath-taking documentary which emphasizes on the use of statistics in real life. It will change the way you look at data and statistics. We fail to see the large influence of statistics around us. As Hans Rosling says, ‘We fail to reckon but statistics is giving us a great understanding of life and universe beyond.’ There discover a lot of joy in these 59 minutes.


Future Intelligence

Duration: ~ 43 minutes

Humans are a curious species of living beings. We find excitement in exploring things which can improve our lives.  We always strive to achieve better than yesterday. We are only limited by our imagination. If you are also one of the kind who relate to last few statements, this amazing documentary will surely stimulate your curiosity levels. You’d find devices which would revolutionize our lives in coming future. This is the power of technology and data.


The Smartest Machine on Earth

Duration: ~52 minutes

In early 2011, IBM created a super computer named ‘Watson’ to challenge the human contestants on the popular game show Jeopardy. Here is the complete story of watson. You’d be surprise to know that watson had a brain size of 2400 home computers. This computer used techniques such as text analytics, machine learning algorithms to find the correct answers. Watson was then used for humans welfare and successfully benefited 34 million customers through WellPoint health plans.



Humans Need not Apply

Duration: ~ 15 minutes

Will a robot replace your job? In the last decade, several tools have been built which are ready to replace human labour. As advanced version of these tools are ‘Robots’. Companies have heavily invested in establishing artificial intelligence systems to reduce the chances of human error.In order words, robots have started replacing low skilled human jobs. In this short documentary, you’ll learn about the changes ready to come in near future and some amazing stuffs which robots can do effortlessly.


Let my Data set Change Your Mindset

Duration: ~20 minutes

I did not include this TED talk in my list until I had watched it completely. Though, it doesn’t belong to the family of documentaries, yet I would insist you to watch it. In these 20 minutes, you’ll learn the importance of impeccable story telling using data visualization. A data scientist must master this skill. Mr. Rosling, beautifully demonstrates the use of statistics by comparing the life expectancy of various countries. For more interesting videos by Hans Rosling on statistics, visit here.


Deluged by Data

Duration: ~43 minutes

I always wanted to tell people the importance of data in our lives. But, I always used to run out of words until I found this documentary. It made my job easier. In these 43 minutes, you’ll experience a huge influence of data in your daily life. The devices which you use, tracks enormous amount of data overtime and gives businesses to other companies. Should you worry about this ? You really to watch it to get the answer. Due to these innovative methods of data collection, we are experiencing a massive surge in demand of data scientist.



The Age of Big Data

Duration: ~ 60 minutes

Data revolution is set to become more personal. Data scientists look for patterns in data sets. These patterns are dynamic in nature. An insight derived today might become obsolete tomorrow. In these 60 minutes, you’ll learn about the ‘common’ sources of data which adds upto 2.5 billion GB of data generated every day. Moreover, you’ll learn about the impact of data mining on advertising, finance, astronomy, mankind, controlling crimes and many other activities which largely influences our lives.



End Notes

Initially, I collected 12 documentaries in total. But, after watching them, I realized these are the best ones. I’ve purposely left out some documentaries on artificial intelligence. I found them similar to these movies I shared last week. After watching them, I realized that we are the lucky ones who are living and experiencing this revolution of data. I’m sure we’ll have lot of stories to tell to our coming generations.

I hope you found these documentaries useful. My motive behind this article was to spread knowledge and awareness on importance of machine learning and statistics in an interesting way. If you are trying hard to become a data scientist, don’t lose hope. You’ve a lot on your plate to digest now.

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Karthe 26 Jun, 2020

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