IBM is fully confident about the invention of digital devices that would be able to see, hear, taste, smell and touch in 5 years as shown by the company’s “5 in 5” list representing the five trends in the next five years.
Instead of brain, the new era of digital devices would rely on “cognitive computing” that would enable the computers and other devices to learn from experience rather than depending on programming so that the device will automatically check for the right option and if there is not a better option the computer will try to generate the best one after checking its history.
“That’s a foundationally different way of thinking of computing,” Bernie Meyerson, IBM’s vice president of innovation, told in an interview to Mashable. “You have to change how you think about absorbing data. You can’t just take a picture and file the picture. You have to treat the picture as an entity at a very high level, as opposed to just a bunch o’ bits.”
“[Cognitive computing] makes for some very interesting shifts in capability,” he adds. “That’s a rather profound sort of driver.”
“New technologies make it possible for machines to mimic and augment the senses. Today, we see the beginnings of sensing machines in self-parking cars and biometric security–and the future is wide open.” Bernard Meyerson, IBM’s Chief Innovation Officer, said in a statement.
IBM’s thinking about the next five years:
IBM is of the opinion that in the next five years “you could experience the silkiness of that catalog’s Egyptian cotton sheets instead of just relying on some copywriter to convince you.” This will be the ability to touch through the phones.
The devices would be able to get information and “detect anomalies specific to the task—such as spotting a tiny area of diseased tissue in an MRI and applying it to the patient’s medical history for faster, more accurate diagnosis and treatment.”
The devices would be more able to hear and analyze the verbal features. Moreover, “multi-sensory information, machine hearing and speech recognition could even be sensitive enough to advance dialogue across languages and cultures.”
There will be the digital taste buds in the devices allowing you to check the palatability of the material.
A sense of smell will enable the devices to detect the odor of the materials even from a distance. “The same smell technology, combined with deep learning systems, could troubleshoot operating-room hygiene, crops’ soil conditions or a city’s sanitation system before the human nose knows there’s a problem.”