IBM reveals vision for the future: Phones you can touch through, that understand what they see, that hear what matters, know what foods you like, and have a sense of smell

By | December 18, 2012

Computers will also be able to smell - and have sensitive enough noses to be able to detect infections on our breath and tell us if the food we are about to eat has bacteria inIf you’ve only just got used to talking to your phone, get ready for a major change. IBM has revealed its predictions for the computer we will all be using in 2018 – and it believes they will have all five senses, and will communicate with us in radically different ways.’Infrared and haptic technologies will enable a smart phone’s touchscreen technology and vibration capabilities to simulate the physical sensation of touching something,’ the firm said.’So you could experience the silkiness of that catalog’s Egyptian cotton sheets instead of just relying on some copywriter to convince you.’It’s amazing when you look back over the 60+ years of the computing revolution and see how far we have come in such a relatively short time,’ said IBM’s Bernard Meyerso.’The first electronic programmable computers, built in the 1940s, were essentially really fast electronic calculators.Then came the mainframe, the PC, the Internet and social networking.Today, we’re entering the era of cognitive computing–machines that help us think.”One of the most intriguing aspects of this shift is our ability to give machines some of the capabilities of the right side of the human brain.’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.’These five predictions show how cognitive technologies can improve our lives, and they’re windows into a much bigger landscape –the coming era of cognitive systems.’But the point isn’t to replicate human brains.We humans are no slouches when it comes to procreation.’And this isn’t about replacing human thinking with machine thinking.’Once again; not necessary.’Rather, in the era of cognitive systems, humans and machines will collaborate to produce better results–each bringing their own superior skills to the partnership.’The machines will be more rational and analytic. We’ll provide the judgment, empathy, morale compass and creativity.’Computers will also be able to smell – and have sensitive enough noses to be able to detect infections on our breath and tell us if the food we are about to eat has bacteria in…

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4 thoughts on “IBM reveals vision for the future: Phones you can touch through, that understand what they see, that hear what matters, know what foods you like, and have a sense of smell

  1. Parlor of Horror

    The question is… is there any need for any of this? Is it going to tell you if a rose smells good? Is it going to tell you that you should like the smell, and to smile now? If you are only aimed towards things it knows you like, you will know longer discover something by accident and decide that you may like it.

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