Why Science Still Matters In A Data-Driven Age

Image credit:  Mclek via shutterstock | http://shutr.bz/1SUHqrf The lure of big data and machine learning can overshadow the value of thorough scientific inquiry. By:  Vikram Jandhyala & Nitin Baliga, Guest Contributors Inside Science Minds presents an ongoing series of guest columnists and personal perspectives presented by scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and others in the science community showcasing some of the most interesting ideas in science today. (Inside Science Minds) — We recently met with a host of biotechnology leaders and were struck by their infatuation with Big Data and machine learning. In fact, upon reflection, it was amazing how often the word “algorithm” came up in the course of our conversations with these accomplished scientists. Don’t get us wrong. The boom in software and computing has achieved powerful and profound results…


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