A 'Gathering Of Data Scientists' Extends Its Influence
Ben Lorica is a data scientist, a person who analyzes data to gain insights. Once known as quants, data analysts, actuaries, or any other number of unsexy terms, the appellation data scientist came into vogue with the emergence and rise of Big Data in the worlds of technology and business, and in the popular imagination. Author Tom Davenport and then White House data science chief D.J. Patil published a 2012 Harvard Business Review article describing the data scientist as the “sexiest job of the 21st Century”. Cool. Lorica, after completing his Ph.D. in Mathematics, went on to a career analyzing data for investment firms and banks like Wells Fargo. Today, Lorica is Chief Data Scientist and Program Director of the Strata Data Conference, for O’Reilly Media, a technology and business media and education firm that organizes industry events that have historically served the tech community.