As I watch the Jeopardy match between IBM's Watson and some of Jeopardy's smartest I am quite impressed with the breadth of contextual data munging (that's a technical term) that Watson is able to accomplish and the confidence factor for the results. The ability to draw together seemingly unrelated pieces of information, and determine the context and nuances around those contexts is quite impressive, and sets the stage for what we can expect as we look into our crystal ball for the future.
If one draws parallels between what is being accomplished on Jeopardy, with the future of our Smarter Planet initiatives the role of analytics in pulling together what is seemingly very disparate data and determining correlations, and recommendations from this data will provide a significant level of intelligence around which to make ongoing improvements, or even to drive the development of new technologies -
Now if we could only tell Watson that Toronto is not a US City :-)
Jeopardy's Watson -- The Future of Analytics