IBM Predicts 5 Tech-led Innovations for Five Years

by CXOtoday News Desk    Dec 18, 2013

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In the next five years, technology landscape can undergo a drastic change – and some of these that seem to appear only in science fiction today - can be used in our daily lives in the coming years, says IBM in its Annual “5 in 5″ predictions report. The global tech giant predicts whether it’s about social, mobile or analytics, a new era in computing will lead to breakthroughs that will amplify human abilities, assist us in making good choices, look out for us and help us navigate our world in powerful new ways which considers five ways technology will change the way we live within five years.

According to IBM, the five top predictions in the next 5 years include:

Classrooms will learn behavior

With the help of e-learning platforms and cloud analytics, teachers will learn more about each student and her learning styles. “The classroom of the future will give educators the tools to learn about every student, providing them with a tailored curriculum from kindergarten to high school and on to employment,” said the report. Cloud analytics will also predict which students need more help and then suggest measures to overcome challenges based on how they learn best.

Mobile buying will beat online

Currently online shopping is the rage creating a threat to conventional retails. But five years down the line, these retailers will leverage the power of mobile devices to upgrade in-store buying to the point where it will be a better experience than online buying.

According to the report: “As mobile devices supported by cloud computing enable individuals to share what makes them tick, their health or nutritional needs, virtual closets, social networks, retailers will soon be able to anticipate with incredible accuracy the products a shopper most wants and needs. As a result, stores will transform into immersive destinations with experiences customized for each individual. Local stores will also be able to ramp up fast pickup or delivery options.”

Doctors will use smarter and specific tech

Treatment from doctors could be more specific and precise. “In five years, advances in big data analytics and emerging cloud-based cognitive systems coupled with breakthroughs in genomic research and testing could help doctors to accurately diagnose cancer and create personalized cancer treatment plans for millions of patients around the world. “Smart machines will take the output of full genome sequencing and scour vast repositories of medical records and publications to learn and quickly provide specific and actionable insights on treatment options for oncologists,” the report stated.

Rise of a digital guardian for online protection

There will be emergence of a digital guardian that will detect patterns of a cyber-attack and intervene automatically by learning about user’s behavior on various devices, security systems, according to IBM report.

“The digital guardian will become trained to focus on the people and items it is entrusted with, offering a new level of identity theft protection,” said the report adding that by learning about users, a digital guardian can make inferences about what’s normal or reasonable activity and what’s not, acting as an advisor when they want it to.

Smarter city, smarter leaders

Mobile devices and social engagement will encourage citizens to build relationships with city leaders. As the report notes, “Soon it will be possible for cities and their leaders to understand and digest new information freely provided by citizens, knowing which city resources are needed, where and when, so the city can dynamically optimize around the needs of the citizens. For example, in Brazil, researchers are already using a crowdsourcing tool to allow users to report accessibility problems, while in Uganda, UNICEF has a social engagement tool that lets users communicate with the government and community leaders on different issues.