Technology giant IBM recently announced its latest “5 in 5” predictions, shortlisting 5 technological innovations they feel will rule the world by the time we will enter 2022.
IBM, known for its bold future predictions has done such predictions in the past also. To say the least these predictions do not seem far from reality.
According to the major predictions, we are all set to see major developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Others include understanding Earth’s complexity and the universe using macroscopes, smart medical devices-Lab on a chip for better tracking of diseases and smart sensors for improved environmental benefits.
Let’s explore to get a glimpse of what can we expect. We can only hope when we look back from 2022, just to see if IBM got it right.
1. AI will give a new meaning to our mental health
A lot can be told just from the body language of a person, the way one is walking, talking, eating, if the person is bored, angry, frustrated or tired.
The cues which humans have evolved to pick up will soon be processed into machine language making speech analysis even more insightful.
In the next five years, IBM says, ‘We’ll be using machine learning and natural language processing to predict and monitor mental health and illness related to depression, psychosis etc’.
With a simple use of a mobile app, diseases such as Parkinson and Alzheimer could be spotted sooner, thanks to AI algorithms that could analyze speech patterns.
2. Superhero vision will be possible with AI and Hyper-imaging
The eye is the window into the soul. This Technology aims to seize it. These tiny little biologically natural cameras i.e. eyes, when combined with Artificial intelligence result in Hercules eye vision – predicts IBM in its 2022 predictions.
We would be able to see a broad spectrum of white light that just will not be limited to visible light anymore.
Combined with the use of portable devices we would also be able to see the microwave, millimeter wave, and infrared images.These devices will be small and light enough to fit in your pocket and easy to carry around.
This technology will also help to instantly locate any obstacle far away objects in dense fog conditions.
Ever heard of EnChroma sunglasses that help color blind people see color different than they normally see with the naked eye?
Basically, we will be able to see things beyond human perception. Interesting enough! Hmm.
3. Earth’s complexity in a finite detail will be better understood using macroscopes
Thanks to satellite imaging, Google Earth gives us bird’s eye view of even the remotest of places. Similarly, microscopes take us deep into the microscopic world.
But what if we could expand our view even further?
IBM predicts that ‘macroscope’ systems will be put into use to ‘collect and combine a big set of complex data’. The data will be obtained from the natural processes on Earth and the solar system. Also,billions of devices i.e phones, computers etc will be connected and studied using macroscopes of the future.
This will eventually help us understand our planet Earth better than ever. We can solve some of the world’s biggest problems only when we can understand how people, places, and things are connected.
4. Medical labs “on a chip” will serve as health detectives for tracing disease at the nanoscale
Medical Nanotechnology is the future of medical health care technology. With narrowing down of computing devices, one could easily imagine detecting diseases even before you develop symptoms.
IBM says, “Lab on a chip” smart medical devices will serve as health detectives – tracking bodily functions to let us know if we need a doctor’s appointment”.
So you could imagine a small medical lab sitting in your home for routine check-ups.
5. Smart sensors will detect environmental pollution at the speed of light
IBM predicts that smart detecting sensors combined with AI could also be used to detect pollutants almost instantly.
Similar to the smart medical sensor which could detect early signs of the disease, smart chips embedded in the ground with environmental sensors or fitted to drones could be used to detect pollutants.The oil residue in water and harmful emissions providing real-time data, can be detected without transferring samples back to a lab.
One example could be the detection of methane gas leaks, which is estimated to be the second-largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide (CO2).
It must be well noted that future can only be predicted. Only time will tell how far we reach towards these predictions.
Though these kinds of technologies are well beyond the research phase and already are into development all over the world. It’s just a question of commercial viability and scalability.