The 5 In 5

IBM held the first annual IBM THINK Conference this past March. This new, innovative conference was where “thinkers from around the world gathered to put smart to work. Together, we took a closer look into the not-too-distant future to talk about the emerging technologies that will change the way we live and work.” At the event, IBM revealed their “5 In 5,” the five innovations that will be changing our lives within 5 years. While each are unique innovations, there seems to be an underlying commonality with them all. Technology has never stopped growing and developing since its inception and production. However, the ever growing rise of and reliance on technology comes security issues. These issues have helped to create new businesses and components of every piece of new tech. Here’s the IBM 5 In 5:


Crypto-anchors and blockchain will unite against counterfeiters

Global supply chains are extremely complicated. Products are constantly passing through multiple countries and going through many transportation methods. This results in fake products being released into the marketplace and consumers paying full price for a bogus product. These frauds have been costing the global economy about $600 billion each year. You may be wondering why it’s such a bad thing that sometimes people may accidentally pay full price for a knock-off Chanel purse. It’s not just this or a financial issue; in some countries this fraud creeps into fake medications. Close to 70% of medications are fakes in some countries, especially more developing ones.

Here’s where crypto-anchors and blockchain come into play. Crypto-anchors are tamperproof digital fingerprints that are put on the actual physical products to enable quick authentication of the item’s origin and contents. Blockchain is in a unique position to help revolutionize how brands optimize their digital ad spend since it’s an industry that saw $19 billion in global fraud last year.



New security methods based on lattice cryptography will emerge

Lattices essentially are based on making insanely difficult math equations in order to hide sensitive data. This really halts the progress of hackers by staying a few steps ahead through these lattices. Hackers are able to steal and disseminate sensitive and personal information. However, they are also in a position to cause physical harm. The rise of smart cities and self driving cars put hackers in an interesting position. However, lattice cryptography is poised to become an impenetrable last line of defense.


AI-powered robot microscopes may save our oceans AI and microscopic robots tend to be associated with sci-fi films and dystopian films. Yet, it’s actually not so sci-fi and has much more altruistic applications. Through creating autonomous robot microscopes to be dropped into the ocean, it enables us to have a more expansive view of the organisms inhabiting it. Also, it helps us monitor the actual environmental conditions at a much more specific level. This could aid in predicting future changes to bodies of water.



AI bias will explode, but only the unbiased AI will survive*wxC3mcax_8XXR16ppuWYCQ.jpeg

Humans inherently have bias and will make mistakes. As hard as we try, it inevitably happens. While AI is not human as it’s powered by algorithms, those algorithms are written by humans. Developments like natural language processing are incredibly susceptible to bias.



In 5 years, quantum computing will be mainstream

Quantum computing takes computers and computing power to a whole new level. These quantum computers can solve multiple things at once instead of going one by one in order. Essentially, they can multitask which will be changing and improving every field.