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A rose by any other name still smells as sweet. I think most organizations, in the near term, will be scared off more by the pricetag of a data scientist than the name itself. Working with Hadoop and other schemaless data formats isn't cheap, and is still outside the reach of a lot of organizations that could make use of the technology. Still, we saw this as late as the late '90s, where it took four full-time DBAs getting paid north of $80-100k to manage a single e-commerce website (running TCL and an early SQL variant) for Nokia during my time there.
Thanks to Wendy for sending this article my way. I once heard a speech by Al Gore when he was still a senator, if memory serves, in South America talking at some eco-conference about the need for bio-engineered fruits and vegetables. Part of the bio-engineering would be to include some sort of latent poison that would globally limit human population. His reasoning? Wars, famines, and natural disasters occur too infrequently to be relied upon as a way to cull the world's population and thus prevent overcrowding on Mother Earth. I suppose that also has the side benefit of solving the entitlement crisis, but I can't remember if he brought that up, or that was just my follow-up punchline to the anecdote. I wish I still had it, but I don't.
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