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Research IBM No.1

IBM: Computers Will See, Hear, Taste, Smell and Touch in 5 Years
By Pete Pachal | Mashable – Sun, Dec 16, 2012
Today's PCs and smartphones can do a lot -- from telling you the weather in Zimbabwe in milliseconds, to buying your morning coffee. But ask them to show you what a piece of fabric feels like, or to detect the odor of a great-smelling soup, and they're lost.
That will change in the next five years, says IBM. Computers at that time will be much more aware of the world around them, and be able to understand it. The company's annual "5 in 5" list, in which IBM predicts the five trends in computing that will arrive in five years' time, reads exactly like a list of the five human senses -- predicting computers with sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
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The five senses are really all part of one grand concept: cognitive computing, which involves machines experiencing the world more like a human would. For example, a cognizant computer wouldn't see a painting as merely a set of data points describing color, pigment and brush stroke; rather, it would truly see the object holistically as a painting, and be able to know what that means.

MY Thoughts:I think this article from Yahoo is completely ridiculous. Why are they making robots that can have human senses. This is just a bad idea leading to chaos!!!

Thoughts on Reading: I thought the reading was very informative on facts we should know about ourselves and the things we eat. It is nice to know why we taste what we taste and how it can affect our emotions.(I think this is what we might call aura sometimes). I think words do really make you picture something and we grow on words that relate to smell that imprints in our brain and end up affecting us. I think all of this is very interesting to the human brain. I wonder what it would be like to create these enviornments for people to get possible reactions that I want. (I wonder if this is a start for manipulation).I just found the reading very detailed and descriptive in some parts and very enjoyable because I could feel and smell hte things it was describing as well.
- This is A site about interesting facts on smelling.
This is an informative video on more of the anatomy of smell - it refers a lot back to the readings.- i found it helpful to see visuals

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