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The technology company IBM is known for making bold and often highly accurate predictions about the future of tech in the immediate future via its ‘5 in 5’ lists.
IBM makes five amazing technological predications for the next five years
These lists highlight the five new inventions that the experts at the company believe will change the world in the most significant ways in the course of the next five years. Now, they have released their new list which highlights what modern technology will shape the course of humanity between now and 2022.
The first prediction is that in five years artificial intelligence technology will have moved on to such a sophisticated level that mental illnesses and degenerative disorders that affect neurological function such as Parkinson’s disease by mobile phone applications. This prediction has been based on research conducted at the University of Southern California which found that artificial intelligence programmes were able to detect variations from standard speech patterns that indicated depression. This development could be huge as it may lead to early detection of mental illnesses and degenerative disorders which could lead to greater success in medical intervention.
IBM think that it is entirely possible that this kind of early detection might also extend to physical illnesses. “New medical labs on a chip will serve as nanotechnology health detectives – tracing invisible clues in our bodily fluids and letting us know immediately if we have reason to see a doctor, ” said a spokesperson for the company. This could allow private individuals to get accurate diagnoses from the comfort of their home which could lead to early detection and more successful medical outcomes.
Another imminent innovation involving artificial intelligence will involve integrating tiny, powerful cameras into human eyes. These cameras could allow users to be able to perceive microwaves and infrared images in a similar way to airport security scanners. This technology would allow users to tell whether food was safe to eat and could help drivers navigate difficult weather conditions more safely. These devices are already beginning to appear on the market in the form of products such as the EnChroma sunglasses which help individuals with colour blindness to see things as the rest of the world does. However, at this point the technology is still prohibitively expensive for most people but IBM believes that these devices will be commonplace and relatively cheap by 2022.
IBM also believes that the next five years will see massive strides in terms of satellite technology. The new innovations will allow for more sophisticated methods of integrating “all of Earth’s complex data” to allow people to use applications such as Google Earth in new and dynamic ways. This could lead to laypeople and experts alike being able to analyse trends such as climate change to food distribution at the click of a button.
Finally, IBM think that smart hardware and artificial intelligence technology will progress enough in the next five years to allow for almost instantaneous alerts of environmental pollution and damage and cut out the need for laborious laboratory analysis.
All of IBM’s ‘5 in 5’ predictions are based on current research projects and innovations. This means that the future has the potential to be even more exciting than these incredible inventions sound. After all, nobody knows what new technological advances will be made in the next five years.
1. Thanks to AI, our speech will be a window into our mental health
2. Superhero vision will be possible with AI and powerful new devices
3. ‘Macroscopes’ will help us understand Earth’s complexity in infinite detail
4. ‘Labs on a chip’ will revolutionize medicine
5. Smart sensors will detect environmental pollution faster than ever
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