Let’s hear it for data scientists! Making our lives more and more frictionless

There’s a lot of hype around data scientists. You can blame big data and the cloud. Data scientists are lauded, hunted and positively desired by those wanting to squeeze the most from their information. In accordance with such demand come large salaries – the average is $123,000 in the US. Like the Yanks of WWII, data scientists are overpaid, oversexed and over here – “here” being the cosy IT establishment we have been familiar with for decades as firms recruit outside the comp-sci arena. But take a moment: do you actually know what these data scientist actually do? Finding patterns in big data, yeah, but that’s only one small part of a larger subject. Data scientists shape your world in unperceivable ways. Data science is a broad term that finds…


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