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IBM’s 5 in 5– five predictions about technology innovations

December 20, 2013

I am so excited about this year’s 5 in 5 — five predictions about technology innovations that will change the way we work, live and interact over the next five years. This year’s 5 in 5 explores the idea that everything will learn – driven by a new era of cognitive systems that learn, reason and engage with us in a more natural and personalized way. These innovations are being made possible through advances in cloud, Big Data, analytics and learning technologies.

Tell me what you think!!!

1. The classroom will learn about you. The classroom of the future will learn about students over the course of their education, helping each student master the skills critical to meeting their goals. A system fueled by sophisticated analytics over the cloud will help teachers predict which students are most at risk, their roadblocks, and measures they can take to overcome challenges.

2.  Buying local will beat online. Savvy retailers will use the immediacy of the physical store and proximity to customers to create experiences that cannot be replicated by virtual retailers. They will magnify the digital experience by bringing the web right to where the shopper can physically touch it or the instant gratification of same-day delivery.

3. Doctors will routinely use your DNA to keep you well. Computers will help doctors understand how a tumor affects a patient down to their DNA and present a collective set of medications shown to best attack the cancer, reducing the time it takes to find the right treatment from weeks and months to days and minutes.

4. A digital guardian will protect you online. Security will become more agile and contextual based on a 360 degree view of an individual’s data, devices and applications. Your digital guardian will make inferences about what’s normal or reasonable activity and what’s not, and be able to spot deviations that could be precursors to an attack and a stolen identity.

5.  The city will help you live in it. Smarter cities will understand how billions of events occur as computers learn in real time to understand what people need and like, what they do, and how they move from place to place. Mobile devices and social engagement will enable citizens to strike up a relationship with city leaders so their voices will be heard not only on election day, but every day.

3 comments

  1. I think these are viable pedictions. The information is available and the technology is developing to a point where these predictions will become a new reality of life.


    • Thanks Pam!


  2. I think you nailed it with number 1. With all of the advancements in technology, we have gotten to the point where it can be more customized to the user. With this, specific goals can be targeted and focused on more steadily. We are more engaged with the technology, and it’s going to really take off over the next few years.



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