According to the scientists at IBM, in five years computers will touch, see, hear, taste and smell

In five years: Computers that see, hear, touch, taste and smell

The brains at IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) have released a series of five predictions, all focused on what computers will be in five years. And not only will computers not be dead, they’ll be even more lifelike than ever.

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In fact, IBM’s predictions all revolve around human senses: according to their soothsayers, in five years computers will make advances in touch, sight, hearing, taste, and smell. It’s all part of what’s called cognitive computing – computers that can think, react and behave like a human. Computers that understand their environment, and can react to improve it.

In this video, IBM introduces cognitive computing:

Prediction #1: In five years, computers will have a sense of smell to sniff out disease.

Prediction #2: In five years, you will be able to touch through your phone.

Prediction #3: In five years, a computer system will know what I like to eat better than I do.

Prediction #4: In five years, computers will not only be able to look at images, but understand them.

Prediction #5: Five years from now computers, will hear what matters.

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