IBM's predictions all involve big data and using computing to glean intelligence from vast systems. We discuss them with IBM's research boss.
by Dean Takahashi
"IBM revealed its predictions for five big innovations that will change our lives within five years.
"The IBM “5 in 5″ is the eighth year in a row that IBM has made predictions about technology, and this year’s prognostications are sure to get people talking. We discussed them with Bernie Meyerson, the vice president of innovation at IBM, and he told us that the goal of the predictions is to better marshal the company’s resources in order to make them come true.
“We try to get a sense of where the world is going because that focuses where we put our efforts,” Meyerson said. “The harder part is nailing down what you want to focus on. Unless you stick your neck out and say this is where the world is going, it’s hard to you can turn around and say you will get there first. These are seminal shifts. We want to be there, enabling them.”
In a nutshell, IBM says:
- The classroom will learn you.
- Buying local will beat online.
- Doctors will use your DNA to keep you well.
- A digital guardian will protect you online.
- The city will help you live in it."
Jim Lerman's insight:
I note that IBM doesn't just identify these trends, it says it will get behind them and try to "enable" them to happen.