Computers with touch, vision, hearing, smell and taste


Every December, IBM unveils the 5-in-5 list, which predicts five technologies that will invade our lives in the next five years. This year's list of biologists, engineers, mathematicians and other scientists from IBM's research laboratories - the largest research organization in the world - is particularly impressive. They predict that our computers will have a sense of touch and taste, they will see, they will hear and smell.

  • Touch: This feature will be added to our mobile phones, smartphones. Imagine that whenever you visit an online clothing store from your mobile, you can feel the texture of the fabric by touching the photo of the garment. See the relevant touch video.
  • Vision: Each. Pixel is worth a thousand words. Over the next five years, IBM researchers predict, computer systems will be able to interpret what they "see", such as online photos, x-rays, videos from traffic cameras, as humans do when they look at them. See the relevant video for the computers they see.
  • Hearing: Computers will listen to what matters, such as sound pressure, vibrations at different frequencies, and will be recognized in a timely manner to avoid, for example, dangerous tree drops or landslides. They will also translate baby crying into hunger, boredom or pain. See the relevant video for the computers you hear.
  • Taste: Computers will help us eat smarter, combining taste with nutritional value. They will undertake to analyze the exact chemical structure of the foods and the reasons we like, for example, chocolate. Before we eat, they will tell us what to choose and propose unusual combinations that will surprise us, IBM researchers say. Watch the relevant video:
  • Smell: The computers will have smell and will be able to predict if we are going to be sick by smelling and analyzing our breathing. They will measure atmospheric pollution and soil composition in rural areas. See the relevant smell sensation video.

IBM refers to so-called cognitive computing, which aims to make computers work like the human brain. Besides, if we think about it better, computers at the end of 2012 have done nothing more than doing a lot of calculations very quickly.

  • The human brain remains the most sophisticated supercomputer in the world, capable of performing complex tasks with precision utilizing the energy of a 20 Watt lamp, occupying just 2 lt space.


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