IBM Visualizes on Five Technologies that Can Change the World in 5 Years
Last week, IBM focused to 5 key technologies that has the potential to change the world and our lives in the next five years. Known as the IBM 5 in 5 it show’s the company’s vision for the future. All these include technologies that will change how we see the world and help us understand it better.
Diagnosing illness from what people write and say
Diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s affect the language processing centers of the brain. The company is working on machine learning algorithms that will analyze speech and written text of individuals with known disorders so that they can, one day, flag diagnostically-relevant speech patterns. This will allow early detection of such neurophysiological diseases.
Hyperimaging makes invisible portions of the electromagnetic spectrum visible
Affordable hyperimaging platform Is another new field of research of the company. Human eyes can only see a limited part of the electromagnetic spectrum, called the visible spectrum. However, we also depend on radio wave, microwave, infrared and x-ray on a daily basis and see wavelengths can also be made visible. IBM envisions applications such as a heads-up display in a car window that allows the driver to see black ice on the road or see through fog and rain, or an app that works with your smartphone’s camera to tell you the nutritional value of the food on your plate.
Big-data analysis unlocks insights from the Internet-of-Things
Tens of Exabytes of data are produced from all connected devices. One Exabyte is one billion gigabyte. Called the Macroscope, OBM envisions a system that can aggregate, organize and analyze vast quantities of data that will help us understand the planetary ecosystem better. It can be used for irrigation, soil and weather data collection and more.
Lab-on-a-chip technology for disease detection at the nanoscale level
IBM is working on a single silicon chip which can be used for liquid biopsies. Liquid biopsies detect biological markers of illness and disease from bodily fluids, such as cancer or Parkinson’s. The technology can be used to detect nanoscale biomarkers, all conveniently packaged in a hand-held device.
Sensors that process data at the speed of light detect and signal pollutant leakage
IBM is developing silicon photonic technology for wireless networks that enables data transfer at the speed of light. This can be used to detect leakage of pollutants such as methane gas from natural gas pipelines and facilities. This would cut down detection time from weeks to minutes.