From Census to Senses: IBM's Predictions for Computing in the 2010s

One of the first compute jobs on record was for the U.S. Census, but now it seems computers are ready to handle other “senses” as well – all five of them. IBM researchers foresee the day when computers will provide touch sensations (smartphones already have touch capabilities), which will enhance online retailers; pick up on visual cues, which will enable remote medical diagnosis; enable speech recognition and real-time language translation; and even smell and taste. This is a far cry from the days when computers were just number-crunchers.

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