A year of learning as tech giant unveils its eighth 'IBM 5 in 5'

Corporate January 15, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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IBM recently unveiled its eighth annual "IBM 5 in 5" - innovations that could change the way people work, live and interact in the next five years.

This year’s list explores the idea that everything will learn – driven by a new era of cognitive systems where machines will learn, reason and engage with us in a more natural and personalised way. 
These innovations are beginning to emerge enabled by cloud computing, big data analytics and learning technologies all coming together, with the appropriate privacy and security considerations, for consumers, citizens, students and patients, the company said in a press release.
Over time these computers will get smarter and more customised through interactions with data, devices and people, helping us take on what may have been seen as unsolvable problems by using all the information that surrounds us and bringing the right insight or suggestion to our fingertips right when it’s most needed. 
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.
The IBM 5 in 5 is based on market and societal trends as well as emerging technologies from IBM’s research labs around the world that can make these transformations possible. 
By 2030, the towns and cities of the developing world will make up 80 per cent of urban humanity and by 2050, seven out of every 10 people will be a city dweller. 
In five years smarter cities will understand in real time how billions of events occur as computers learn to understand what people need, what they like, what they do and how they move from place to place.