I think this New York Times article is the third one I’ve read during the past few months claiming that statisticians will be the big winners on the job market in the next ten years. I wonder whether this trend will largely be confined to the big U.S. giants like Google, IBM and so on, or if it will bleed over to other countries, but I tend to think it will. As economist Erik Brynjolfsson of MIT’s Center for Digital Business says in the article:
“We’re rapidly entering a world where everything can be monitored and measured,” said Erik Brynjolfsson, an economist and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Digital Business. “But the big problem is going to be the ability of humans to use, analyze and make sense of the data.”
… and these problems are going to be felt almost everywhere. By the way, Brynjolfsson’s quote is a pretty good description of the themes I want to explore in this blog.