# The Future of Statistics Unconference

Watch a very interesting discussion of top statisticians and data scientists on the future of statistics. How can we optimize software for both cognitive and computational challenges?

Simply Statistics organized **The Future of Statistics "Unconference"**, which was streamed live on Oct 30, 2013.

The panelists were

- Hilary Mason, Data Scientist in Residence at Accel, Scientist Emeritus at bitly
- Hadley Wickham, creator of ggplot2 and many other R tools
- Joe Blitzstein, Asst. Prof. at Harvard
- Sinan Aral, a leading expert on Social Networks and Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
- Daniela Witten, Asst. Prof. of Biostatistics at U. of Washington
- Hongkai Ji, Assoc. Prof., Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins

An interesting point was raised by Hadley Wickham:

Most current software is optimized either for cognitive or computational challenges.

Can we have both?

How can we make iterations between them faster?

Hilary Mason asked

given that so many people - who are not statisticians - use statistics as a tool, are we talking about future of statistics or the future of statisticians?

Watch the entire unconference below.