As the end of 2012 approaches, we all look forward to a plethora of Year in Review articles and the annual New Year's resolutions filled with wishful thinking. But the one report that is sure to make you think outside of the holiday cookie box is the IBM Next 5 in 5 report. This year, Bernard Meyerson predicts:
Today, we're entering the era of cognitive computing - machines that help us think.
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I am a huge fan of the visionary keynote speaker at the conferences that I attend and participate in. I am not talking about the "industry thought leader" that merely expounds their company's prowess in solving today's issues. I am interested in the speaker that can transport me to the future of computing or science or even shopping. Well, I am not a big shopper per say, but I would have been excited to hear from Jeff Bezos who incorporated Cadabra in July 1994, later to become Amazon.com. Say you were lucky enough to hear him speak in 1990 or 1992. Would he have been giving a foreshadowing of the future of shopping? I don't know but it is cool to think about.
The 5 in 5 report is exciting because it helps us put together all of the current far-reaching technologies into a "coming soon" to a household device near you point of view. What if you had actually seen the Roger Fidler video on the tablet in 1994? Imagine seeing it come to life many years later. I first heard about Roger and his video because of the Apple vs. Samsung court case. From the Washington Post article:
A narrator described technology that at the time sounded like science fiction: "Tablets will be a whole new class of computer. They'll weigh under two pounds. They'll be totally portable. They'll have a clarity of screen display comparable to ink on paper. They'll be able to blend text, video, audio and graphics together. .?.?. We may still use computers to create information but will use the tablet to interact with information - reading, watching, listening."
Did Samsung really steal the idea from Apple or is it Apple's idea at all? Hmmm, imagine that. In the 5 in 5 report, today's science is extended to see into the future, forecasting inventions that will change the world in the next five years. All about the 5 senses:
- Touch: You will be able to reach out and 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 healthier
- Smell: Computers will have a sense of smell
As the end of 2012 approaches, I hope we can all look forward to a future with cognitive computers that make our lives better, oh, and maybe serve cocktails poolside. Happy Holidays.
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