A few days ago, I ran across an interesting blog entitled “The Big Data Brain Drain: Why Science is in Trouble”, by Jake Vanderplas, a post-doctoral fellow in Astronomy at the University of Washington.
Vanderplas’s thesis is that scientific research is increasingly about the analytics of big data, and that “the skills required to be a successful scientific researcher are increasingly indistinguishable from the skills required to be successful in industry.” Moreover, “The unfortunate result is that some of the most promising upcoming researchers are finding no place for themselves in the academic community, while the for-profit world of industry stands by with deep pockets and open arms.”
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