IBM predicts PCs with human-like sense

IBM says computers will see, hear, taste, smell and touch within five years

IBM is predicting a future where computers will be able to see, smell, touch, taste and hear things in their environment

The rise of the machines may not be upon us yet - in spite of the fact that the British Ministry of Defence's military satellite network is called Skynet - but IBM is predicting a day when PCs will have human senses.

In its annual "5 in 5" list, in which IBM predicts the five trends in computing that consumers can expect in the next five years, IBM says PCs will exist that will be able perceive their environment through the senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.

IBM vice president of innovation Bernie Meyerson says we're in for a huge change in the architecture of computing.

“If you program a computer, it’s a gruesome undertaking,” Meyerson, told the Washington Post

“Say you’re standing in a museum of modern art, surrounded by paintings and sculptures,” he added. “You would spend the rest of your adult life trying to put that into words and type it in [to a computer]. Now, imagine if you could teach it by just showing it something.”

The driving idea behind gifting computers with senses, Meyerson said, would be t to create a common language between man and machine.