Secretly though, I always hope by completing my work at hand, I will be able to move on to building fancy data products next, like the ones described here. After all, that is what a data scientist is supposed to do, as I told myself. Months later, the opportunity never came, and I left the company in despair. Unfortunately, my personal anecdote might not sound all that unfamiliar to early stage startups (demand) or new data scientists (supply) who are both inexperienced in this new labor market.
For example, while walking down the street, you might wonder where the nearest coffee shop is. Without you uttering a word, Siri gives you the answer, which you hear via bone-conducting earphones. You thought of a question and received a verbal reply. It’s the latest attempt to meld human and machine. I must confess, I thought it was an April Fool’s gag when I first read the story. Watch it and judge for yourself. It certainly brings new meaning to the phrase “be careful what you wish for,” especially when standing next to your Alexa.