5 Wild IBM Predictions: Computers That Can Smell, Taste And More


IBM's Crystal Ball

A lot can change in the computing industry over the course of five years, and IBM expects the next five, in particular, to be a doozy.

The tech giant made some lofty projections in its most recent "5 in 5" list, an annual compilation of five major innovations it expects to take place over the next five years. All of the of projections found on this year's list are related to the five senses of sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing, and suggest computers will start acting a lot more like humans by 2017.

Here's a look at Big Blue's big five.