On the importance of models

“Data, no matter how big, can only tell you what happened in the past. Unless you’re a historian, you actually care about the future — what will happen, what could happen, what would happen if you did this or that. Exploring these questions will always require models. Let’s get over ‘big data’ — it’s time for ‘big modeling’.”

-Bret Victor (link)

This reminds me of a similar point I made in 2008, about Graph Sketcher.

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