Here’s how IBM sees the next five years of tech innovation

Each year, IBM releases its technology predictions for the coming five years. It’s an anticipated event, and this year Forbes columnist Greg Satell had a look at some of the tech innovator’s major prophecies. What will the next five years hold for technology? Here’s a brief look at what may happen, according to IBM.

Classrooms get savvier

It’s made headlines: U.S. school children are falling behind their peers in much of the rest of the world, particularly when it comes to math and science. What to do? IBM predicts that teachers will have access to more technology, and they’ll be able to use this tech to reach a larger number of their students. This would be welcome. As Satell writes, while many U.S. students thrive in our educational system, too many others do not. Tech will help change this.

Retailers get smarter

IBM predicts, too, that technology will dramatically transform retailers. How big of a change? IBM predicts that one day we’ll walk into a shop and have our smartphones automatically search the retailer’s inventory for the exact shoe or coat we would like. After that you can use your smartphone to send a message to a salesperson that will bring you your items. Pretty neat, isn’t it?

Medicine gets smarter

What’s the biggest problem with medicine today? Satell writes that medications affect people in different ways. What’s totally safe and effective for one patient may cause serious side effects in another. IBM, though, predicts that within five years, doctors will be able to sequence the DNA of individual patients. They can then access a cloud-based center of research and clinical studies to determine the most effective medication for each patient.

Posted on: 02.07.14