The goal of cognitive computing is to get a computer to behave, think and interact the way humans do. In 5 years, machines will emulate human senses, each in their own special way.
You will be able to touch through your phone.
Beyond the clothing rack
A pixel will be worth a thousand words.
by John Smith, IBM senior manager, Intelligent Information Management.
Let’s say we wanted to teach a computer what a beach looks like. We would start by showing the computer many examples of beach scenes. The computer would turn those pictures into distinct features, such as color distributions, texture patterns, edge information, or motion information in the case of video. Then, computer would begin to learn how to discriminate beach scenes from other scenes based on these different features. For instance, it would learn that for a beach scene, certain color distributions are typically found, compared to a downtown cityscape, where certain distributions of edges are what make them distinct from other scenes.
It’s not only images from specialized devices that are useful. The photos we share and like on social networks, such as Facebook and Pinterest can provide many insights. By looking at the images that people share or like on these social networks, retailers can learn about our preferences – whether we’re sports fans, where we like to travel, or what styles of clothing we like – to deliver more targeted promotions and offer individualized products and services.
In five years, computers will be able to sense, understand, and act upon these large volumes of visual information to help us make better decisions and gain insights into a world they couldn’t previously decipher.
Computers will hear what matters
by IBM Master Inventor Dimitri Kanevsky.
Imagine knowing the meaning behind your child’s cry, or maybe even your pet dog’s bark, through an app on your smartphone. In the next five years, you will be able to do just that thanks to algorithms embedded in cognitive systems that will understand any sound.
Digital taste buds will help you to eat smarter
An extraordinary dining experience of perfectly cooked food, with unique flavor combinations meticulously designed on a plate, heightens all of our senses.
Computers will have a sense of smell
by IBM Research’s Dr. Hendrik F. Hamann, research manager, physical analytics.
Tiny sensors that ‘smell’ can be integrated into cell phones and other mobile devices, feeding information contained on the biomarkers to a computer system that can analyze the data.