Five Innovations That Will Change Our Lives in the Next Five Years

In the future, evereything will learn.

This is the belief of IBM, whose annual “five in five” predicts five innovations that will change our lives in the next five years.

“This year, IBM researchers are exploring the idea that everything will learn—driven by a new era of cognitive systems where machines will learn, reason and engage with us in a more natural and personalized way,” the company explains. “These innovations are beginning to emerge enabled by cloud computing, big data analytics and learning technologies all coming together. A new era in computing will lead to breakthroughs that will amplify human abilities, assist us in making good choices, look out for us and help us navigate our world in powerful new ways.”

Here’s IBM’s five in five:

1. The classroom will learn you.

“The classroom of the future will learn about each individual student over the course of their education, helping them master the skills that match their goals.The rapid digitization of educational institutions will allow unprecedented instrumentation of the learning process.”



2. Buying local will beat online.

“In the future, retailers will layer increasing levels of engagement and personalization on top of the shopping experience, ultimately merging the instant gratification of physical shopping with the richness of online shopping and making same-day delivery a snap.”

3. Doctors will routinely use your DNA to keep you well

” In addition to DNA testing for cancers, we may even see DNA-specific personalized treatment options for conditions such as stroke and heart disease.”

4. A digital guardian will protect you online

“This guardian will have your back, trained to focus on the people and items it is entrusted with based on a 360 degree of an individual’s data, devices and applications.”

5. The city will help you live in it

“People can have fingertip access to information about everything that’s happening in the city, whether an experience is right for them, and how best to get there.”