Monday, December 17, 2012

IBM: Computers Will See, Hear, Taste, Smell and Touch in 5 Years

The technology of cognitive computing is rapidly approaching.

This means that computers will become much more aware of the world as they develop senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell.

"The five senses are really all part of one grand concept: cognitive computing, which involves machines experiencing the world more like a human would. For example, a cognizant computer wouldn't see a painting as merely a set of data points describing color, pigment and brush stroke; rather, it would truly see the object holistically as a painting, and be able to know what that means."

"That's a foundationally different way of thinking of computing," Bernie Meyerson, IBM's vice president of innovation, told Mashable in an interview. "You have to change how you think about absorbing data. You can't just take a picture and file the picture. You have to treat the picture as an entity at a very high level, as opposed to just a bunch o' bits."

"[Cognitive computing] makes for some very interesting shifts in capability," he adds. "That's a rather profound sort of driver."

When engineers are able to merge cognitive computing with artificial intelligence what fantastic possibilities exist.

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