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The Modern Data Nerd Isn't as Nerdy as You Think | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

The Modern Data Nerd Isn't as Nerdy as You Think | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
Data scientists are fast becoming the rock stars of the 21st century. Thanks in part to Nate Silver's eerily accurate election predictions and Paul DePodesta's baseball-revolutionizing Moneyball techniques, math nerds have become celebrities.
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luiy's curator insight, April 18, 2013 4:03 PM

Data scientists are fast becoming the rock stars of the 21st century. Thanks in part to Nate Silver’s eerily accurate election predictions and Paul DePodesta’s baseball-revolutionizing Moneyballtechniques, math nerds have become celebrities. It’s debatable how much their work differs from what statisticians have done for years, but it’s a growing field, and many companies are desperate to hire their own data scientists.

The irony is that many of these math nerds aren’t as math nerdy as you might expect.

 

Some of the best minds in the field lack the sort of heavy math or science training you might expect. Silver and Paul DePodesta have bachelor’s degrees in economics, but neither has a PhD. Former Facebook data scientist and Cloudera co-founder Jeff Hammerbacher — who helped define the field as it’s practiced today — only has a bachelor’s in mathematics. The top ranked competitor at Kaggle — which runs regular contest for data scientists — doesn’t have a PhD, and many of the site’s other elite competitors don’t either.

 

“In fact, I argue that often Ph.D.s in computer science in statistics spend too much time thinking about what algorithm to apply and not enough thinking about common sense issues like which set of variables (or features) are most likely to be important,” says Kaggle CEO Anthony Goldbloom.

 

Data scientist John Candido agrees. “An understanding of math is important,” he says, “but equally important is understanding the research. Understanding why you are using a particular type of math is more important than understanding the math itself.”

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Visual arts: Virtual reality will soon immerse us, says keynote speaker in Digital Spring conference

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“Virtual reality is the platform for news and entertainment for the 21st century. It will play the role that TV had in the 20th," keynote speaker says
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NYSE creates a new bitcoin index

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The old-school exchange is leaping into the digital age with an index to value bitcoin.
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Smart Society Project

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"Hybrid and Diversity-Aware Collective Adaptive Systems: When People Meet Machines to Build a Smarter Society"

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Facebook Growth and Penetration in the World - Facebook Statistics

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Facebook World Statistics Growth Comparison between 2011 and 2012, by geographic regions of the world.
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Over 300 Artists Link Up in an International Game of Telephone

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In Telephone, an online exhibition organized by the Satellite Collective, a web connecting 315 artists in 42 countries was structured around this Breton fisherman's prayer: "Oh god thy sea is so gr...
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Arte e tecnologia.

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The Market for Children's Wearables Heats Up

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More startups are targeting the market for children's wearable technology.
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Beware of Airbnb entering the hyperlocal travel guide business | Monday Note

Beware of Airbnb entering the hyperlocal travel guide business | Monday Note | The Rise of the Algorithmic Medium | Scoop.it
  by Frédéric Filloux  Airbnb has every reason to enter the news services sector - and to threaten a broad range of media/services such as Trip Advisor or Yelp.  Seen through the eyes of travel information publishers, Airbnb holds a dream position: a huge base of 25 million potential readers/users, spread over 34,000 cities in 190 countries, well in tune with the brand’s core product and attributes. For a start, should Airbnb develop a publishing arm, this unparalleled notoriety would spare it
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Put Bird on your finger and rule your digital world

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MUV Interactive’s trailblazing Bird wearable will turn every surface into a touchable interactive screen through motion, touch and voice.
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Une plateforme européenne fédère les projets de 31 "villes intelligentes"

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Les villes de sept pays se regroupent autour d’un plateforme cloud et open source pour développer des services interprétables à destinations de leurs habitants.

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Ushering in a New Era of Intelligent Building and Energy Management [IBM] #smartcities

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By Joe Phillips As you sit in your office reading this story, consider this: you’re surrounded by data. Computers, lights, power strips, air conditioning, elevators, alarms and meters – all of this is generating data inside the building. This data can reveal powerful information to make offices, campuses and large buildings work better. While the …
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How the Internet of Things is affecting urban design

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A look at how connected tech and the Internet of Things is affecting our cities.
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Dell Opens Internet of Things Lab in Silicon Valley

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Dell Inc. has opened a Silicon Valley laboratory where customers can develop software to improve business operations. The facility, dubbed the Dell Internet of Things Lab, opened in the Dell Silico...
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Behind the Ingenious Security Feature that Powers the Blockchain

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For all the excitement about the blockchain s potential to shake up the financial industry, few people understand how it works. The really revolutionary part of the blockchain process is how miners manage to keep records of transactions accurate and tamper-proof.
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The Most Valuable Aspect of Bitcoin: Its Versatile Ledger Technology | MIT Technology Review

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Bitcoin doesn’t have to replace government-backed money to improve the way we do business online.
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/\ndy: The Failure of Agile

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I am proud to be one of the 17 founders/authors of the The Agile Manifesto back in 2001. I think it provided a jolt of energy, hope of a better way of doing things, of creating software and making the...
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We Need Algorithmic Angels

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A lot has been written on how algorithms are manipulating this and that in today’s Internet. However, there hasn’t been so many concrete proposals on how..
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Voiding the touch: on love and haptic mediation

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Imagine: You’re 16. You’re in school. You’re sitting in class. You have a crush on another student — you’ve fallen hard. You can’t stop thinking about them. You suspect the feelings are mu
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Opinion: Bitcoin Will Transform Argentina - CoinBuzz

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Argentine citizens have never really had a stable national currency; a never-ending drama of repeating hyper-inflationary episodes has gradually eroded any last...
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¿Qué son los nómadas digitales?

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Un nómada digital es una persona que aprovecha la tecnología para vivir y trabajar desde cualquier parte del mundo.

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Why Are Geospatial Databases So Hard To Build? · J. Andrew Rogers


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Customer Experience in the Internet of Things

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With every human expected to own some 20 or more connected devices by the year 2020, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a phenomenon brands can’t afford to ignore.

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Customer Experience in the Internet of Things #H2MWP

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Always easier to understand Customers Experience in infographic.

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The Philosophical Concept of Algorithmic Intelligence

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Proper quotation: « The Philosophical Concept of Algorithmic Intelligence », Spanda Journal special issue on "Collective Intelligence", V (2), December 2014, p. 17-25. The original text can be foun...
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Transcending the media, airborne machines will announce the voice of the many. Still indiscernible, cloaked in the mists of the future, bathing another humanity in its murmuring, we have a rendezvous with the over-language.” Collective Intelligence, 1994, p. xxviii.