Good article Ahmar and some great points, I assume it’s a rebuttal to mine given the title and timing, if not please disregard everything I’m about to say. I think many people misunderstood what I tried to say or saw the title and chose to address parts of it out of context. I don’t think data science will be extinct, only the title of data scientist, which is a key distinction. I advocated for stronger domain expertise and subject matter understanding. I didn’t think AutoML will cause the demise of data scientists, I think it is an enabler. Data scientists should be not defined by the ability to code or the tools they use, but rather by their ability to understand and solve data related problems. In essence, what I wrote aligns with a lot of your points. However, I disagree with the view that any opinion that sits contrary to the consensus is a disservice to the field, even if it’s an unpopular view. Diversity of opinions is important and facilitates productive discussions which contributes to the maturity of a field (I say this even though I think we’re on the same side of the argument). Regardless I enjoyed the read and look forward to your future posts.

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