Astrophysicists leave academia for Silicon Valley

Astrophysicists leave academia for Silicon Valley jobs in data science where they figure out what you want to wear, watch, and listen to.

“To understand what’s driving astrophysicists into consumer product startups, consider the recent explosion of machine learning. … These days, machine learning drives everything from Stitch Fix’s curated boxes of clothes to Netflix’s personalized movie recommendations. How does Spotify perfectly predict the songs that will surprise and delight you in its weekly personalized playlists? That’s machine learning at work. And while machine learning now constitutes its own field of study, because scientists from fields like astrophysicists have been working with those kinds of models for years, they’re natural hires on data science teams.”

Read more about it at Wired.