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Seventh annual IBM 5-in 5 released

IBM Corp. this week unveiled the seventh annual IBM 5 in 5 -- a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during the next five years.


December 20, 2012  


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IBM Corp. this week unveiled the seventh annual IBM 5 in 5 — a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during the next five years.

Touch: You will be able to touch through your phone

Sight: A pixel will be worth a thousand words

Hearing: Computers will hear what matters

Taste: Digital taste buds will help you to eat smarter

Smell: Computers will have a sense of smell

The IBM 5 in 5 is based on market and societal trends as well as emerging technologies from IBM’s R&D labs around the world.

This year’s selection, the company says, will be the underpinnings of the next era of computing, which it describes as the era of cognitive systems.

“This new generation of machines will learn, adapt, sense and begin to experience the world as it really is. This year’s predictions focus on one element of the new era, the ability of computers to mimic the human senses—in their own way, to see, smell, touch, taste and hear.

“These sensing capabilities will help us become more aware, productive and help us think — but not think for us. Cognitive computing systems will help us see through complexity, keep up with the speed of information, make more informed decisions, improve our health and standard of living, enrich our lives and break down all kinds of barriers including geographic distance, language, cost and inaccessibility.”

Further details will appear in the Jan.-Feb. 2013 issue of CNS.