The IBM next 5 in 5: Our 2012 Forecast of Inventions that will change the World within five years

Post by Bernard Meyerson (thank you)

It’s amazing when you look back over the 60+ years of the computing revolution and see how far we have come in such a relatively short time. The first electronic programmable computers, built in the 1940s, were essentially really fast electronic calculators. Then came the mainframe, the PC, the Internet and social networking. Today, we’re entering the era of cognitive computing–machines that help us think.

IBM’s Watson marks a turning point.  The former Jeopardy! TV quiz show champ is now reading millions of pages of medical text in preparation for going to work in healthcare.But while Watson can understand all manner of things and learns from its interactions with data and humans, it is just a first step into a new era of computing that’s going to produce machines that are as distinct from today’s computers as those computers are from the mechanical tabulating devices that preceded them. A host of technologies are coming that will help us overcome our limitations and will transform the way we interact with machines and with each other.

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