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“5 in 5” report by IBM explores how computers will shape learning, cities, retail, security and healthcare in 5 years

IBM has unveiled its annual report “5 in 5,” featuring predictions on computing technologies—cognitive systems—that will develop within the next 5 years to improve our lives. The forecast is focusing on such areas as learning, retail, healthcare, urban living and safety—each theme is illustrated by a vivid infographics and animated video plus a prediction provided by a researcher/expert in the field. Find highlights from the paper below.

1. The classroom will learn you.

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Pic. 5 in 5. Forecasts for learning experiences (click to enlarge), www.ibm.com

The era of personalized learning is just around the corner. The learning experience of the future will be tailored to students’ needs, allowing to make the most of what learners can, and deliver the knowledge that will help them reach their goals. The classrooms are expected to create a syllabus based on the students’ style and pace. Analytics will be a key element in the learning process—research throughout the learning process will allow teachers to figure out what challenges their students might face in classes.

2. Buying local will beat online.

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Pic. 5 in 5. Forecasts for retail (click to enlarge), www.ibm.com

In the coming years, physical and online retail with develop into something really big that will feature the traits of both. The cognitive technologies will be more actively used in brick-and-mortar venues, driving the shopping experience to the new heights. IBM predicts that one will be able to share their wish-lists with a retailer, match items with a virtual wardrobe, get alerts if the product in the cart contains any ingredients the customer is allergic to. Cloud-based technologies will allow to share product information and range updates among consumers in a second.

3. Doctors will routinely use your DNA to keep you well.

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Pic. 5 in 5. Forecasts for healthcare (click to enlarge), www.ibm.com

DNA is going to become the major source of medical info for effective treatment. With global cancer rates expected to jump up  to 75% by 2030, mainly because the population will have many old people, new technologies to detect and treat cancer will be needed. IBM predicts that computers will analyze the DNA code of the patient and the tumor, and then cognitive systems will flip through medical researches and publications to help doctors personalize treatment and make it perfectly accurate.

4. A digital guardian will protect you online.

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Pic. 5 in 5. Forecasts for security online (click to enlarge), www.ibm.com

In the era when almost everyone shares personal data on the web, security becomes one of the top priorities. The future of security is verifying your identity without asking you to enter any personal info. IBM predicts a contextual security system with a 360-degree view of the activities that will be able to understand that you are you, without asking you to prove it. Habits, actions, moves will be used instead of names and passwords. To prevent identity fraud, the systems will assimilate contextual situational and historical data to identify the user.

5. The city will help you live in it.

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Pic. 5 in 5. Forecasts for urban living (click to enlarge), www.ibm.com

Since more than half of population lives in the cities today, technologies will evolve to make the urban living more pleasurable and responding better to our needs. IBM predicts that cities will use cloud-based analytics to capture and process information from consumers in real-time and then also respond with tailored solutions. Cities will allow each citizen an opportunity to influence the community experience, provide social feedback and thus become part of the decision-making process. Community feedback will be use to allocate resources in a smarter way, discovering gaps of all kinds and filling them in.

On the dedicated page, IBM invites to learn more about how these predictions can become a reality, and also shares the forecasts from the past “5 in 5” reports that have already entered our lives.

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