5 Wild IBM Predictions: Computers That Can Smell, Taste And More

The Sense Of Sight

IBM projects that over the course of the next five years the recognition systems used by computers will become so advanced that, in addition to actually "seeing" objects, they'll actually be able to analyze patterns in the context of big data.

The result, IBM predicts, is one that will particularly benefit the retail, agriculture, and healthcare industries. In medicine, for instance, computers will be able to identify a tiny area of diseased tissue during an MRI, apply this information to a patient's broader medical history, and provide a faster and more accurate diagnosis.

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