IBM has released its eighth annual “IBM 5 in 5” list, which outlines its predictions on how technology will transform five vital aspects of our lives in the next five years.
The forecast includes classrooms that use IT systems to monitor and analyse each student’s progress so that the curriculum can be suited to them and teachers can use the appropriate teaching techniques.
“Basically, the classroom learns you,” said IBM Vice President of Innovation Bernie Meyerson.
The firm also envisions that retail shops will combine online and real-world storefronts with augmented reality and “Watson-like” technologies.
Doctors are also expected to customise medical treatments based on a patient’s DNA. With this, medical professionals can precisely target cancer cells without harming healthy cells, he explained.
IBM also predicted that smart machines that are connected into the Internet cloud would gain the capability to foil cyber criminals by distinguishing erratic online behaviour such as booby-trapped links, spying scam email messages, and shopping binges at untrustworthy websites.
“The digital guardian will know you are not someone who goes to a poker site and tops off your account. Not only does it shut down the behaviour, but it tracks it back to who is doing it and passes the information on to authorities,” added Meyerson.
Lastly, IBM predicts that cities will interconnect sensors, smartphones, social networks and machine learning to further improve the delivery of their services and enhance ties with citizens.