Data Scientist ~ Could this be your future or mine?

I know it has been awhile since I’ve posted anything new, and I do try to keep something for everyone to read while I’m away with work, and school.  I hope that you haven’t lost interest quite yet, and that you’ll stick around a bit longer.  After a mountain of homework that I finally tackled this weekend, and while perusing the internet as I so often do I came across an article about the next big career in IT… wait for it ~ Data Scientist.  After reading the article (I’ll post the article at the end of my post) I was amazed at how little I fathomed the amount of data that people use on a day-to-day basis.  This prompted me to do a bit more research on the subject, and what did I find exactly…  Well, tons and tons and tons of…yup you guessed it — DATA!!! (Data on data, how puzzling, but I digress)  Until recently I hadn’t even thought of where all of the data that I view, or use, or create goes or comes from.  It seems difficult to grasp a subject that you can’t actually grasp… let me elaborate.  While in school we read textbooks, take notes, do homework, make projects, all of which is a sort of data.  Now this “data” gets graded and turned back into us either at the end of class, quarter/semester, or year.  What do we do with this data?  Well in some cases this data gets thrown away some people tend to be collectors of data (we’ll call them hoarders), and while others keep only the important data and destroy the rest.  Now imagine the mass quantities of data that you plus everyone else creates while in high school, or college even, and expand that even further to businesses, non-profit organizations, the “Government”, and you can see that the amount of data storage that we require is astronomical…and it will only grow as we continue to create more data, and require more storage.  Different technology companies have responded by creating smaller and faster storage devices, and even the “Cloud”, which is in its simplest form is offsite data storage, all of these things help us to store the massive amounts of data that we create and use on a day-to-day basis.

RAMAC

First hard drive introduced by IBM in 1956 with 5MB of storage.

Currently consumer hard drives can go up to about 4TB (terabyte) which is about 4000GB of storage, and average about $399.00 in price from what I found on newegg.com.  Granted most companies require quite a bit more storage than your average user, and therefore there are much larger options for them as well.

Now back to the analogy from earlier about the amount of data you accumulate in school, if you consider that while in school you are in control of all of this data, and that the data is physical in nature and you figure out ways of storing, and using this data to your benefit.  This to me is what a Data Scientist would do with all of our data that we create and use on a daily basis now and in the future.  These questions…Where does all of that data go?  Where should it go?  How should it be stored?  How can it be indexed?  Is it searchable?  Will this data ever need to be accessed again?  Can this data be analyzed to produce better sales?  and the list goes on and on.  It definitely seems that there will be a need for Data Scientist’s and I suppose the only question now is…will you or I be one of them?

 

Happy computing 🙂

 

 

Interesting Articles:

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/01/06/data-scientist-jobs/

http://www.pcworld.com/article/127105/timeline_50_years_of_hard_drives.html

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Ampush Media Acquires One Of Bill Gates’ Favorite Education Startups, Academic Earth

This looks like it will be a great resource for anyone out there that wants to learn something new without spending money on tuition and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

SixthSense: Get the open-source code

This is just simply amazing!!! I hope everyone takes the time to watch the video.

TED Blog

Two years ago, inventor Pranav Mistry demoed the SixthSense technology on the TED stage — and talked about open-sourcing the software behind it. SixthSense is a wearable interface that enables interaction between digital information and the physical world through hand gestures. (Watch his TEDTalk to see how it works.)

As promised, Pranav and his team have open-sourced the code for anyone to use and contribute at www.code.google.com/p/sixthsense. Download the code and create your own SixthSense device, join a discussion group and augment the codebase.

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A Geek Peek at 2012

I thought this was a great article.  Looks like some awesome stuff to look forward to.   A Geek Peek at 2012.

 

 

Exciting & New for 2012

So it is about mid-week of the first week of 2012.  I hope nothing disastrous has happened to anyone so far, or maybe it’s too soon to tell.  As for me I have been doing a lot of web-surfing, and it seems that everyone is fascinated with what is new in 2012.   So then…  What’s new in 2012?

I have a couple of articles that I particularly liked.

Here is an interesting article I found about the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, NV from PC World:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/243965/ces_2012_gadget_preview.html

And another article about 10 Tech Research Projects from PC World:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/247164/10_tech_research_projects_to_watch.html#commentsjump

Both very interesting, and it’ll be anxious to see which products turn into reality.

As for myself I believe that there will be a lot of innovative ideas coming from Google, Apple, and Microsoft.  Samsung seems to be doing a lot of good things; a recent move to China that’ll lower their costs definitely seems like the way to go (although I’m still waiting for my Amazon App for my t.v.).  Social media seems to be changing by leaps and bounds.  I myself just joined quite a few different social media networking sites such as, Linkedin, Twitter, Reddit, Digg, Delicious, Stumbleupon.  There are many more and although I probably won’t join them all I will at least try most of them so that I can be more informed about social media.  So far Twitter has been the most interesting (and yes I realize I’m about 3 years or so behind on that one better late than never though).  A couple of new comers to social media are Path which is a smartphone app designed to share much in the same way Facebook and Google+ does, but on a smaller scale.  Path is available for both the iPhone, and Android phones.  Another is Pinterest is an online clipboard or pinboard that allows you to share your interests with others, and from checking out some of the postings and tweets seems to be rising in popularity.  Oh, and guess who joined instagram…why our very own President Barack Obama.  Even the president knows when it’s a good idea for some good ole’ social networking.

So far though 2012 seems to be starting off nicely.  Less than a week before school starts, and already I have homework!!!  I’m happy about the fact that I got a bit of a refresher in coding from Codeacademy, and that I have a few more days of freedom before I basically lose all of my free time.  It is definitely going to be worth it, and I am super excited!!!  Thanks to everyone who has followed my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/newtechiegirl, and my twitter account http://twitter.com/newtechiegirl.  Be sure to sign-up for an e-mail subscription if you just want my posts sent directly to your e-mail.

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Programming 101

Have you ever wanted to try out programming for yourself? Thought it was too difficult? That people go to school for a number of years to become expert programmers. Although, it’s true that people do go to school to become expert programmers you can learn how to write your own code quite simply here at Codeacademy.com (http://www.codecademy.com/#!/exercises/0). Simply set up an account, and you are on your way to writing your very own code for computers and the applications that run on them. Who knows maybe you’ll enjoy it and want to learn more. I think programming takes a specific kind of person, and although I am able to do it, and I understand the mechanics of it I don’t know that I have what it takes to be the ultimate programmer. I did however take an Intro to Programming course last spring, and I can tell you that the first set of courses 1-8 are very similar to what I learned in 10+ weeks of school (which I paid for). I look forward to completing the remainder of the courses, and hope you enjoy writing your very own code. Less than one week away from beginning my C++ classes, and this is definitely a fabulous refresher for me.

Netflix To Debut Original Series “Lilyhammer” Next Month

This could be a new development that we may see more and more often. It’ll be interesting to see if this pans out for Netflix. I mean after their most recent flub in regards to their subscription fees lets see if Netflix can make a comeback.