Mark van Rijmenam, founder of Big Data Startups, recently wrote, “The future of big data takes full advantages of the semantic web and it will have a vast impact on organisations and society. Jason Hoffman, CTO of Joyent, predicts that the future of big data will be about the convergence of data, computing and networks. The PC was the convergence of the computing and networks, while the convergence of computing and data will enable analysis performed directly on Exabytes of raw data enabling ad hoc questions to be asked on extremely large data sets.”

He continues, “Artificial intelligence that will match human intelligence will allow us to ask questions and finding answers more easily by simply asking natural questions to computers. Already Japanese scientists have built a super-computer that mimic the brain cell network and reached 1% of brain capacity. To achieve this that simulated a network consisting of 1.73 billion nerve cells connected by 10.4 trillion synapses. The process took 40 minutes, to complete the simulation of 1 second of neuronal network activity in real, biological, time. In the coming years these super-computers will become the standard. At the moment, users still need to know what you want to know, but in a future with such super-computers it is all about the things that you don’t know.”

He goes on, “The real benefits will be when organizations do not have to ask questions anymore to obtain answers, but simply find the answer to question they never could have thought of. Advanced pattern discovery and categorization of patters will enable algorithms to perform the decision making for organizations. Extensive and beautiful visualizations will become more important and help organizations understand the brontobytes of data.”

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