A New Year in Data Science: ML Unpaused
A good read on Data Science and some of the advances being made more recently. He presents some history around machine learning and developments around the real job of Data Science.
There are some good insights around the need to focus on data and features instead of focusing on which algorithm to use. Many times people look more at how to build something instead of what problem they are trying to solve.
Nathan certainly knows what he's talking about. I met him last year at Hadoop Summit in San Jose. He has been working with the Spark guys and Databrix. Take a minute and look him up.