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IBM released its "5 in 5," a list of five innovations the company expects to change the way people live over the next five years.
IBM has announced its annual look at a handful of innovations that will affect the lives of human beings over the next five years, the so-called "5 in 5," which includes some novel ideas that are just about within reach for mainstream use.
This year marks the seventh annual "IBM 5 in 5," which IBM says is a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during the next five years.
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 that can make these transformations possible, company officials said.
This year's IBM 5 in 5 explores innovations that will be the underpinnings of the next era of computing, which IBM 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.
Here is a look at what is on the list:
•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.
These sensing capabilities will help humans become more aware, productive and help people to think—but not think for them. Cognitive computing systems will help people see through complexity, keep up with the speed of information, make more informed decisions, improve their health and standard of living, enrich their lives and break down all kinds of barriers—including geographic distance, language, cost and inaccessibility.