Science As Sport

April 14, 2012 - 5:08 PM
In this Thursday, April 12, 2012 photo, Kaggle’s president and chief scientist Jeremy Howard poses near a water tower in Mountain View, Calif. The founders of San Francisco startup Kaggle believe the problems data scientists solve are so important that they should be paid like professional athletes. By turning data science into a crowd-sourced contest, they hope they have created a way to make that happen. Kaggle hopes top contenders will participate in a sport tailor-made for the 21st century: Competitive number-crunching. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)