Well, since my source used it and I was directly quoting him, I did look it up to make sure I understood what he meant. I figure he meant to become less convoluted, which I think is a word we're all much more familiar with. In turns out "convolve" means to "entwine," in math the meaning being to "combine (one function or series) with another by forming their convolution." So to de-convolve would be the opposite.
I totally agree with that. My concern is only this: will people listen to the data and resist the urge to take shortcuts that could result in catastrophic incidents like the ones we have all heard about in recent years?
The data is only as good as the people who follow it.