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Dr. Bernie Meyerson, vice president of innovation for IBM, explained what cognitive computing is.

According to Meyerson, it means computers will start to learn the same way the human brain does, meaning a cognitive system could use smell to keep you healthy by learning from the scents in your environment or even detect potential diseases.

In the coming years, IBM suspects a smartphone may be able to simulate the feeling of touch. Meyerson explained how this could change online shopping trends.

Watch the video above to learn more about the amazing advances in cognitive computing.