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5 technology predictions from IBM Research global labs
Each year, IBM Research showcases some of the biggest breakthroughs coming out of its global labs – five technologies that the firm believes will fundamentally reshape business and society in the next five years. This innovation “5 in 5” list is informed by research taking place at IBM Labs, leading edge work taking place with the company’s clients, and trends it sees in the technology and business landscape. Here are the five trends for this year and the next five years that IBM believes “portend a powerful evolution in computing that will exceed anything we’ve previously seen.”
Nobody likes knockoffs. Crypto-anchors and blockchain will unite against counterfeiters.
Within the next five years, cryptographic anchors -- such as ink dots or tiny computers smaller than a grain of salt -- will be embedded in everyday objects and devices, the firm predicts. “They’ll be used in tandem with blockchain’s distributed ledger technology to ensure an object’s authenticity from its point of origin to when it reaches the hands of the customer. These technologies pave the way for new solutions that tackle food safety, authenticity of manufactured components, genetically modified products, identification of counterfeit objects and provenance of luxury goods.”