Recently, at a public event, Bernie Meyerson was asked if IBM missed out by not building a tablet to compete with the iPad. He responded that as part of its Smarter Cities Initiative, IBM had just spent several years gathering all of the data on car transportation in Singapore; it then fed the data into a model it had built to predict the time and location of traffic jams.
“We know from history what happens in Singapore if you slow the lights down in one direction by three seconds, and how to tweak the model so the jam never happens,” he told his questioner. “And so there will be a traffic jam that never occurs because we can predict what happens 20 minutes from now, because we can take enough Big Data and crunch it, and do analytics on it. So we’re predicting the future, and changing it. And you’re asking me if I’m worried about a tablet?“
What an arrogant yet pretty cool answer to, when you think about, a silly question.
By the way, Wired Magazine recently published an article on how we get rid of spending every morning in traffic jams. Take a look at it here