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IBM recently revealed a list of five innovations that will change our lives over the next five years.
The list’s theme was senses, with innovations including new ways of experiencing or analyzing sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste.
According to SlashGear, IBM believes that in the future, users will be able to “feel” fabrics through their phones due to vibration interaction technology. Computers are already being developed to understand images and their meaning without human interactions or tags.
IBM predicts that computers will hear and interpret sounds better in the next five years as well. When vibrations, sound pressure, and sound waves are recognized, computers could possibly warn of environmental dangers such as landslides.
IBM Research reports that computers are being developed to make better tasting recipes. The computers will analyze food ingredients according to what flavors and smells humans like most. They will then determine the tastiest flavor combinations, assisting chefs in creating brand new menu items.
However, one of the greatest improvements will be computers having a sense of smell. Due to sensors which recognize and analyze scents and molecules, the computer may be able to identify if its user is getting a cold. They can then get medical treatment accordingly.