IBM 5in5: innovations coming within 5 years

At home you think IBM high-tech of the future: the PC and electronic systems will in fact have five senses, just like humans.


Technology evolves at breakneck speed, making obsolete a product, a service or a paradigm in a very short time. Of revolutions revolution continues to occur, leaving room for innovation and improvement in all areas. Predict what will happen in the future is difficult to project over long distances even more. At home, however, IBM is those who try to do it every year and here come the seventh edition of 5in5, research conducted by Big Blue to outline a possible framework of high-tech tomorrow.

5in5 want then highlight the five technologies currently under development potential to establish itself as a future standard in all respects. These technological solutions in its infancy, in some cases only in its infancy, however, that show potential well above the average. From university laboratories to corporate research centers, each sector has been analyzed by IBM who then compiled the ranking of the five technologies coming in as many years.

The list starts with smartphones, that are larger or smaller than the current ones, more or less efficient, more or less long-lived in terms of autonomy, which according to IBM will be the real innovation is the possibility of using haptic feedback in a whole new way. The haptic technologies, in fact, be able to give the user the sensation of touching a tissue, an object or any product, simply touch the screen of your smartphone. Buy an item online then it can mean actually touching with hand, replicating the experience lived in the store and thus making e-commerce much more appealing.

In second place this special list is the creation of intelligent systems able to thoroughly analyze an image, understanding the meaning the same way as done by humans due to their brain. Upload a picture online and then leave it to mean a system Processing can include a variety of information on its content, with clear benefits but important implications for privacy. “A pixel will be worth a thousand words,” says IBM, suggesting in this case different fields of application for a technology that can make the machines much more intelligent and autonomous than those currently available.

In addition to the view, then, the computer will also have the hearing: and if today computing devices already have the ability to listen to the external environment by means of special sensors, the true revolution affect the interpretation of the data collected. A PC can then hear what is happening in the surrounding environment, thus being able to understand any danger, report problems, or simply adapt to what happens, for example, by changing a few settings. In this sense, it must remember the possibility to realize more and more devices are able to understand the mood of their respective owners, although applications regarding safety and monitoring deserve from that point of view, more attention.

According to IBM, then the computers of tomorrow will be particularly useful to chefs, not only to try new recipes online and share experiences with their customers, but also to improve its efficiency and the quality of its food. Several laboratories are in fact working on a system to allow electronic systems to have the sense of taste, being able to process foods and condiments to understand the quality and report any possible improvements to the recipes. But not only being able to examine in detail the chemical structure of the food, the PC will be able to suggest new combinations unlikely on paper, but the potential to open up new horizons in the culinary field.

The ranking of IBM then closes with another sense: smell. PCs of tomorrow will indeed be able to perceive the environment in terms of odor, serving then as possible to help doctors in the diagnosis of disease, or as allies for scientists working in different areas. All this, then, with cloud computing that can serve as a new core in the development of medical systems for the prevention of diseases.