IBM predicts five innovations for the next 5 years

IBM has released their most recent five innovations that will change our lives within five years.

1. Touch: You will be able to touch through your phone

IBM Research think that in the next five years that our mobile devices will bring together virtual and real world experiences to not just shop, but feel the surface of produce (haptic feedback), and get feedback on data such as freshness or quality.

2. Sight: A pixel will be worth a thousand wordsSight: A pixel will be worth a thousand words

3. Hearing: Computers will hear what matters

Hear mudslides before they happen.
Sense moods by listening to vocal patterns

4. Taste: Digital taste buds will help you eat smarter

5. Smell: Computers will have a sense of smell

IBM has a list of their past selections for 5 innovations that will change our lives in five years.


Mind reading: no longer science fiction

Security: You will never need a password again

Analytics: Junk mail will become priority mail


Computers will help energize your city

You won’t need to be a scientist to save the planet

Batteries will breathe air to power our devices

Your commute will be personalized

You’ll beam your friends up in 3-D


Cities will have healthier immune systems

City buildings will sense and respond like living organisms

Cities will respond to a crisis—even before receiving an emergency phone call


Energy-saving solar technology will be built into asphalt, paint and windows

You will have a crystal ball for your health

You will talk to the Web and the Web will talk back

You will have your own digital shopping assistants

Forgetting will be a distant memory


It will be easy to be green and save money doing it

The way you drive will be completely different

You are what you eat, so you should know what you’re eating

Your cell phone will be your wallet, ticket broker, concierge, bank, shopping buddy and more

Doctors will have enhanced super-senses to better diagnose and treat you

We will be able to access healthcare remotely, from just about anywhere in the world.

[online health records and telemedicine. This has happened mostly]

Real-time speech translation—once a vision only in science fiction—will become the norm

[This came true with SIRI and google voice]

There will be a 3-D Internet

[not that important]

Technologies the size of a few atoms will address areas of environmental importance

Our mobile phones will start to read our minds

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