Five Data Science Predictions for 2016

The data science industry generated many headlines this year, from the U.S. Department of Commerce hiring its first chief data scientist to the National Science Foundation launching four regional data science brain trusts. But now that 2015 is winding down, it’s time to figure out where this buzzworthy industry is headed. Here are some predictions for next year: Data science will spread to more industries and applications. Eighty-nine percent of corporations believe that not leveraging big data will result in lost market share, a study from Accenture and General Electric found. So as more industries hire data scientists, they’ll be moving away from IT-focused positions and into specialized roles making everyday objects smarter and fine tuning cutting-edge technology. In fact, the infamous Google Self-Driving Car Project is powered by machine…


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