It is being suggested that big data may be the key to a strong artificial intelligence (see, for example, AI gets its groove back by Lamont Wood, Computerworld, 14 April 2014). In the 1980s it was common to hear the claim that "you can't be intelligent without knowing a lot" as a part of the work on knowledge based expert systems.
Certainly big data may offer an environment in which humans find themselves at a disadvantage again. Currently some environments are easier for humans (natural language conversations for example) while some are easier for computing machinery (pocket calculators for example).
Along these lines over the last couple of years I have been slowly increasing the data flow and flow rate into my various Asa H AI experiments.