The tech giant potlights in-house experts on cognitive computing to talk about the future of the machinery.

Cognitive computing is defined as a computer that tries to imitate how the brain works. In IBM’s annual ‘5 in 5’ prediction, the company predicts that in 5 years, computers will have various cognitive abilities. Capable of experiencing its environment, these ‘cognitive computers’ will be trained rather than simply programmed.

IBM predicts we’ll be able to ‘feel’ different textures through our touchscreens. Computers will be able to understand what they see, helping a doctor ‘see’ signals of disease through a photo, be able to analyze audio patterns to predict events, help us figure out our perfect meal, and process smells to tell us if we’re getting sick.

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