As more devices come online, each generating data, the way information is analysed and used to facilitate machine learning will have to change. Data is key to improving the accuracy and predictions of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) systems--the more images of apple and oranges it is fed, the better it will be at distinguishing the two. Singapore government has been opening up user data access to ease information exchange and business transactions, but it should observe some caution as major organisations continue to slip up over security. The "smartness" of a machine was data-driven, said Goh Eng Lim, vice president and CTO of high performance computing and AI, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), who was speaking to media at the vendor's Reimagine Summit in Singapore. However, he stressed, companies should not be focusing only on data retention as establishing volume alone was not adequate.