IBM published its annual report, this year focusing on the five basic senses. Highlighted future abilities of computers include:
-the ability to identify distinctive image features, foregoing the need for tags
-the development a sense of taste
-smelling computers that detect explosives in the public and cancer in our bodies
-touch sensitivity, allowing us to feel textures
The market for brain health technology will surpass $1 billion by the end of 2012, and is set to grow at a brisk thereafter, to between $4 and $10 billion by 2020.
Technologies in demand include computerized Web-based and mobile cognitive assessments, cognitive training and cognitive behavioral therapies, and biometrics-based monitoring and brain training tools that measure physiological responses such as heart rate variability and electroencephalography.