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IBM Predicts Next 5 Life-Changing Tech Innovations
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Ellis Booker
Ellis Booker,
User Rank: Moderator
12/18/2013 | 12:03:26 PM
Liking this "Top Five" list
There should be more of these. That ol' annual standby, the Top 10 List, tends to be watered-down effort by the seventh item.  
User Rank: Ninja
12/17/2013 | 11:46:04 PM
Re: Local retail
Good point and I agree that what you have mentioned does happen a lot, on the other hand I have also noticed that a consumer could go online and gather as much information as possible from an online retailer through products review etc and then finally ends up buying the product from an off-line store. I guess, these situations arise when either the online store does not have a reputation of a high level of trust with the consumer, and the off line store is not charging above the differences that the consumer is willing to pay that is accompanied with physical stores.

Online retail is big and is growing, but since offline retail has also managed to stay in business, I have a feeling that if these offline retail stores do embrace technology than IBM's prediction about retail will come true, even if we only consider the value that trust brings, through physical presences of the store. 
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12/17/2013 | 8:06:16 PM
Local retail
I agree that local retailers will make digital part of the store experience -- I'm surprised big boxes such as Best Buy haven't made more progress creating a digital experience. But I'm not clear how that experience answers the question of showrooming -- that a person doesn't soak up your store experience and knowledgable staff, and now also your digital experience, and then still buy it for a bit less online. Did I miss that?  
D. Henschen
D. Henschen,
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12/17/2013 | 3:26:05 PM
Personalization is the theme
Cognitive computing makes it sound like a science experiment. "Personlization technology" is a more user-fiendly term, and it's really what we're talking about here -- personalized teaching, retailing, medicine, security and ... okay, maybe that doesn't fit as well on the cities front.

As for which of these are real and doable within five years, I'd say personalized medicine and responsive, connected city infrastructure are already well along. The cynic in me makes me think physical retailing and education are areas where IBM would like to get lots of consulting bucks, but I have to wonder if anybody can really move the needle with technology alone. As for security, here, too, there's lots of money up for grabs, but IBM isn't the first name I think of when it comes to security. Wouldn't RSA, McAfee or Symantic be more likely to bring this innovation?

To be fair, IBM didn't say it would necessarily lead all these innovations (though it pointed to projects on all five fronts), it just said they're coming. 
User Rank: Strategist
12/17/2013 | 2:41:36 PM
Big impact will come from more intelligent response to disease
IBM's prediction on the revival of retail is intriguing. But I think the real impact highlighted on this list is the change that will come about in cancer treatment and health care. DNA information is a powerful tool for coming up with the right way to counter disease. Cancer is a one target, but so are the mitochondrial diseases, Parkinsons, Lou Gerhrig's disease, Huntington's disease, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, which are linked to DNA mutations. As we build up the knowledge base of what works with each type of mutation, based on individual genomic treatments will become much more effective.
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