Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Web Secret #297: 5 in 5

Every year, IBM unveils five predictions about how technology innovations will change the way we work, live and play within the next five years.

It's called 5 in 5. Their first 5 in 5 was announced in December 2006.

People pay very close attention to this forecast because it's not a Ouija board that's talking, it's IBM.

And they have a track record for being very, very accurate.

So here is the latest version:

The classroom will learn you - The classroom of the future will learn about each student over the course of their education, helping students master the skills critical to meeting their goals.

Buying local will beat online - Savvy retailers will tap cognitive technologies and use the immediacy of the physical store to create experiences that cannot be replicated by online-only retail.

Doctors will routinely use your DNA to keep you well - Computers will help doctors understand how specific mutations in a patient’s DNA have led to growth of a cancerous tumor. They’ll recommend a cocktail of medicine shown to best attack that cancer.

The city will help you live in it - Cognitive systems will learn to understand what people need, what they like, what they do, and how they move from place to place—so the managers of the city can respond better to their needs.

A digital guardian will protect you online - Security systems will acquire a 360-degree view of an individual’s data, devices and applications. They’ll readily spot patterns that could be precursors to a cyber attack or a stolen identity.

So step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and let me know which of these you think will be true by 2018.

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