White House Data Scientist: Even Slackers Can Make It To the Top

White House Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil started out as an underachieving high schooler who was bad at math, he revealed during a recent Q&A on answer crowdsourcing site Quora.  Patil, named chief data scientist last February, also told readers this week the government is increasingly interested in data; today, at least 25 top government leaders are focused on it fulltime. In Patil’s tenure, he’s worked on projects including the Precision Medicine Initiative, which seeks to invest in technology that could tailor medical treatment to an individual patient’s genetic makeup and lifestyle; a series of workshops exploring potential uses for artificial intelligence in government; and research into the impact of big data techniques on citizens’ civil rights.  » Get the best federal technology news and ideas delivered right to your inbox. Sign up…

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