Granted, we as humans are moving more and more to cities (think of China) and so as discussed in the article by 2050, 70% of us will be living in cities. This brings several thoughts into mind ... but what IBM is interested on is data and advanced analytics "to make sense of it all". Data is envisioned to come more and more from sensors in our roadways, rivers (water flow and pollution monitoring), bridges, buildings, as well as other sources cited in the article such as health-care and education.
But how can we make sense of it all? As highlighted in the Newsweek article, by bringing standards to the table. If we together as a nation and as humans are to benefit from the intelligence inherent to all this data, agreeing on standards is a must. Think of the Xmas day plot that turned into a data fiasco ... lots of data in different formats and places, but no intelligence or connectivity.
Standards such as PMML (Predictive Model Markup Language) which allows for predictive analytics models as well as data pre- and post-processing to be moved between analytical tools is not only a great example of companies getting together to make the move in the right direction, but also something to be celebrated. IBM has been part of the DMG (Data Mining Group), the committee shaping up PMML for many years now. Other companies such as SAS, Microstrategy, Equifax, and Zementis are also part of the commitee as well as open-source companies such as KNIME and Rapid-I.
IBM is betting on advance analytics and standards ... as so are we!