IBM is predicting that in five years, computers will have evolved from “large calculators” to more sophisticated machines that can detect and interpret sensory data like hear, touch, smells and sounds. This is what they call “cognitive computing.”
That’s a foundationally different way of thinking of computing. You have to change how you think about absorbing data. You can’t just take a picture and file the picture. You have to treat the picture as an entity at a very high level, as opposed to just a bunch o’ bits. Cognitive computing makes for some very interesting shifts in capability. That’s a rather profound sort of driver.