Today, IBM unveiled its 5 in 5- five predictions about technology innovations that will change the way we learn, work, live and play within the next five years. These annual predictions stem from market and societal trends as well as projects from IBM's Research labs around the world that can make these transformations possible.
This year's 5 in 5 explores 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. Here are this year's 5 in 5 predictions:
The classroom will learn you: Today, many classrooms, from K-12 to Higher Ed, are designed to maximize the teacher's lecture effectiveness: the one-to-many "push" of uniform content. In the future, that background information will be delivered one-on-one, personalized to the student, so that classroom time will be spent in problem solving, student interaction and discussion. The classroom of the future will go from one-size fits all to learning about each individual student, providing them with a tailored curriculum from kindergarten to high school, higher education and on to employment. A system fueled by sophisticated analytics over the cloud will help teachers predict students who are most at risk, their roadblocks, and then suggest measures to help students overcome their challenges so they can master the skills critical to meeting their personal and professional development goals.
Buying local will beat online: Savvy retailers will use the immediacy of the physical store to create experiences that cannot be replicated by online-only retail. Watson-like technologies and augmented reality will allow physical stores to turn the tables and magnify the digital experience by bringing the web right to where the shopper can physically touch it.
Doctors will routinely use your DNA to keep you well: Computers will help doctors understand how a tumor affects a patient down to the DNA level and present a collective set of medications shown to best attack the cancer, while reducing the time it takes to find the right treatment for a patient from weeks and months, to days and even minutes.
The city will help you live in it: Learning systems, mobile devices and social engagement will create SmarterCities, understanding in real time how billions of events occur as computers learn to understand what people need, what they like, what they do, and how they move from place to place. Mobile devices and social engagement will enable citizens to strike up relationships with city leaders so their voices will be heard not only on Election Day, but every day.
A digital guardian will protect you online: Security systems will acquire a 360-degree view of an individual's data, devices and applications. By learning about you, your context and behavior on various devices, a digital guardian will spot patterns that could be precursors to a cyber-attack or a stolen identity and intervene on your behalf while maintaining the privacy of your personal information.
Interested in learning more about Watson and how to incorporate it into your classroom? Read about The Great Mind Challenge - Watson Edition and find out how you can get involved!
Additionally, we invite you to join us on January 17, 2014, for a special conversation with IBM Global Public Sector Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Katharine Frase and IBM Director of Education Transformation Research Chalapathy Neti about the IBM 5 in 5, the role of cognitive computing in education, and the types of tools that educators can use to help students build the T-shaped skills (discipline depth and cross-industry breadth) needed to succeed in the era of cognitive systems. To learn more and register for the call please visit: https://events.na.collabserv.com/register.php?id=1b16cca191&l=en-US
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