12/17/2012.7: The Next Wave

December 17, 2012

Mashable is reporting that IBM thinks that in five years, computers will have human-like senses. That computers will be able to see, taste, feel, hear, etc.

Honestly, if this ends up being true, this would be one of the most exciting advancements in computing in a long time. While this wouldn’t be true artificial intelligence — which is the idea which excites me more than anything — this would be one very useful step closer. And it doesn’t require a lot of imagination to see why.

Imagine if Siri could tell you how something you cooked smells. Does it look good, is it edible? Cooking feedback is something which typically requires a second human, which itself can lead to wrong results. Imagine if you could use your iPhone to figure out if you’ve made the perfect soufflés or even truffles.

Siri is cool now, but if it had cognitive capabilities, it would outright make life awesome. Just think about it for a moment, how many times in your day do you require human feedback for any given thing? What if you could get that feedback without needing to seek out a human which, as alluded to above, wouldn’t be a statistically sound sample. A cognitive Siri could be the statistical average.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

via Twitter user @Jim_Napier

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