While the pandemic changed life for everyone very quickly, it also brought the opportunity for massive advancements in science. Technology is moving forward rapidly to keep up with the demands of remote workers, remote education, and remote healthcare. Apps are being developed and security and AI are progressing. In addition, the amount of data has exploded, and there is good and bad information out there. Take a look at some of the data science trends for 2021.
The Search for the Truth
One major data science trend is the sheer amount of information that is accessible to people, both factual and fictitious. Two major topics last year, COVID and the US elections, showed the world this trend first hand. There was little common ground, and you could find any information that fit your belief system. It reached a point where experts were contradicting one another and themselves in terms of what was true. People had to learn how to try to figure out what was fact and what was fiction, and there was no source to provide an answer. People became angry, and the division into customized sources grew dramatically.
In 2021, there should be a return to common ground. People are tired of finding conflicting accounts of the truth, and data provenance will lead people to ask more questions about where information comes from, what makes it true, and more. They will critically examine information more than in the past, and it should lead to more common ground.
Growth of Open Source
The massive growth of technology and devices in recent years has led to a place where it takes a large company to set up the systems that are needed. It is unlikely that this will return to the days of the startups coming up with new ways to share information, but it is possible that open-source models that are worked on collaboratively will become more widespread for people to use.
Data science is going through major changes right now, and the tides are turning. People understand the problems with finding facts and common ground, and there is likely to be a shift back in this direction.