What does the future hold? Ask IBM

Each year, IBM releases its technology predictions for the next 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 quick look at what might happen, according to IBM.

High-tech classrooms

Satell writes that technology can help U.S. school children get caught up to their peers across the globe. Technology isn’t a cure-all, of course. But Satell writes that it can help educators better teach a greater number of children. The problem currently? Some U.S. students receive a top education. Too many others don’t. Technology will help change this.

Retailers get smarter

Online shopping is blossoming. But IBM predicts even more impressive retail technology in the next five years. According to Satell’s column, the tech giant says that retailers will use tech to send information directly to your smartphone about the products you’re looking for. If you want a new pair of boots, your chosen retailer can tell your smartphone precisely what products in your shoe size are in stock. Then you can send a message to the sales staff detailing what boots you would like to have a look at.

High-tech medicine

What’s the biggest problem with medicine today? Satell writes that medications impact people in different ways. What’s perfectly safe and effective for one patient may cause dangerous side effects in another. IBM 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 best possible medication for each patient.

Posted on: 02.07.14