5 Exciting Predictions IBM has made about the Future Technology you Gotta Believe

▶ If you are someone who loves to know what the future holds for you, then you will love reading through this post.

▶ As days pass by, we have all seen technology change the way we live.

▶ Since 2006, IBM predicts 5 things of the future that will change our lives.

▶ These predictions are technically well supported and most of them have already turned into a reality.

▶ Want to know about all these amazing predictions? Read On..



They are pretty Intelligent I Say..!

Once in a year, IBM makes five cool predictions on the technology innovations that will change the way we work, live and play in 5 years from now. They call it 5 in 5.5 in 5

Started in the year 2006, it has gone on to become a trademark of IBM every year.

Based on the market trends, technological evolutions and research conducted by engineers, biologists, medical physicians and mathematicians in their lab, IBM comes out with new 5 in 5’s every year in the month of December.


You will be very surprised to know that most of IBM’s predictions turn out to be accurate.

In one of its predictions for 2008, IBM had said that it would take five years for a person to “speak to web and web will speak back to you” a feature that is a reality today.


This year’s predictions are about Education, Retail, Online Security, HealthCare, and Cities.


Education1 ibm 2013 – Classrooms Will Learn You

A lot of us don’t agree with today’s education system.

“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Einstein. Today, what’s happening with the fish is what’s happening with the kids around the globe.

Each kid is gifted with his/her own talent. They are definitely good at something. However, they are all asked to compete on the same with the generalized syllabi.

Well, not anymore! IBM predicts that the classrooms of the future will learn about kids over the period of their education and adapts to master the skills that match their goals.

The swift digitization of educational institutions will change the course of learning process completely in the days to come.


Retail2 – Buying Local Will Beat Online

Last year, the global online sales were more than $1 trillion. Yes, that’s 1 followed by 12 zeros.

Unable to compete with global online retailers like Amazon, eBay, FlipKart and others, many physical retailers have gone out of business.

But with innovations in cloud and artificial intelligence, physical stores will make local buying a better experience than buying online.

In future, when you walk into a local store, it will know exactly what you’re looking for. Making use of augmented reality, your buying patterns and interests, the store employees could make easy recommendations.

Physical stores will resort to immediate shipping as people will start feeling even two-day shipping from online-retailers like a snail mail.


HealthCare – Doctors Will Routinely Use Your DNA To Keep You Well3

The cancer rates are expected to jump by a shocking 75 percent by 2030.

But, the good news is that the doctors will be able to precisely treat patients according to their DNA and its genome sequencing.

Cognitive systems and cloud computing will make such specific and precise treatments possible at affordable rates to the patients.

Such techniques will also help treat stroke and heart disease.


Online Security – A Digital Guardian Will protect You Online4

In 2012, 12 million people were victims of identity fraud in the U.S. alone.

In five years, IBM envisions that our own compiled behavioral patterns will be able to alert a personal virtual guardian who will interfere when it feels that things are not going normal and are deviating.

For example, it can take an action to stop a credit card theft or any other identify theft and alert you immediately.


Cities – The City Will Help You Live In It5

By 2050, 7 out of 10 people will live in the cities. That being the scenario, only smarter cities will be able to survive.

People living in the cities will have access to information about everything that’s happening in the city right in their fingertips.

Soon it will also be possible for cities and their administrators to understand the needs of the citizens, knowing which city resources are needed, where and when. So, a smart city will dynamically optimize around the needs of the citizens and will make it easy for people to live.


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Past Predictions from IBM that are becoming a Reality


  1. Digital taste buds will help you eat smarter.
  2. Computers will have a sense of smell.
  3. You will be able to reach out and touch through your phone
  4. A pixel will be worth a thousand words
  5. Computers will hear what matters



  1. The houses will be run by the power generated by the people living there.
  2. You will never need to remember passwords.
  3. Mind Reading will be a reality.
  4. The digital divide between people will be slight.
  5. Junk mail won’t exist, since analytics will allow marketers to be more targeted.



  1. You’ll beam up your friends in 3-D.
  2. Batteries will breathe air to power our devices.
  3. You won’t need to be a scientist to save the planet.
  4. Your commute will be personalized.
  5. Computers will help energize your city.



  1. Cities will have healthier immune systems.
  2. City buildings will sense and respond like living organisms.
  3. Cities will respond to a crisis—even before receiving an emergency phone call.
  4. Cars and city buses will run on empty.
  5. Smarter systems will quench cities’ thirst for water and save energy.



  1. Energy-saving solar technology will be built into asphalt, paint and windows.
  2.  You will have a crystal ball for your health.
  3. You will talk to the Web and the Web will talk back.
  4. You will have your own digital shopping assistants.
  5. Forgetting will be a distant memory.



  1. It will be easy to be green and save money doing it.
  2. The way you drive will be completely different.
  3. You are what you eat, so you should know what you’re eating.
  4. Your cell phone will be your wallet, ticket broker, concierge, bank, shopping buddy and more.
  5. Doctors will have enhanced super-senses to better diagnose and treat you.



  1. We will be able to access health care remotely, from just about anywhere in the world.
  2. Real-time speech translation—once a vision only in science fiction—will become the norm.
  3. There will be a 3-D Internet.
  4. Technologies the size of a few atoms will address areas of environmental importance.
  5. Our mobile phones will start to read our minds.


Last Thoughts

IBM examines market and societal trends expected to transform our lives, as well as emerging technologies from IBM’s global labs, to develop a multi-year forecast like this.

Each of the predictions are well supported with necessary technical information. You can say that these predictions are IBM’s well planned schedules for the future .

I just hope that people around the globe make “responsible use” of this kind of technology.

I am all excited to see these predictions turn into a reality. What do you predict about the future of technology? Leave me your replies in the comments section below.


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