IBM's 5 predictions for the future

Researchers at the company see a day when passwords are irrelevant and devices read your mind.

By Kim Peterson Dec 20, 2011 5:11PM
Image: Crystal ball (© Brand X Pictures/Jupiterimages)In five years, you may never need to remember another password, and the energy you create while walking will be used to power your home.

Those are the latest guesses from the brains at IBM (IBM). Researchers there make annual predictions for what technology will be like in five years. Most of those predictions have something to do with IBM's products, of course, but the list is still interesting.

Here's what IBM sees for 2016:

1. Energy. You will be able to power items in your house with the energy you create. Imagine going for a bike ride and attaching an uncharged battery to the wheel. The battery charges as you ride, and then can be used to run your TV that night.

2. No more passwords. Instead of juggling several passwords (or worse, using the same one for everything), you can use your voice or a retinal scan. Imagine getting money from an ATM just by speaking your name.

3. Devices read your mind. We could see early testing of ways to link your brain to a phone or a computer. If you wanted to call someone, you just think their name instead of dialing. Much later in the future, a computer will be able to type words as you think them.

4. No digital divide. In five years, 80% pf the global population will have a mobile device, and the gap between those who have information and those who don't will cease to exist. People in remote villages can check whether reports to see when to fertilize crops. They'll know when a doctor is coming.

5. No more spam. Instead, your phone will be able to filter out the junk and become a personal assistant. When your favorite band comes to down, your phone will reserve tickets immediately. Your phone will know what you like and when to buy it.

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Dec 20, 2011 9:18PM

I can't weight till oiu all udderstand the meaning even F misspellings R missed by spell chek!!

"check whether reports "...."your favorite band comes to down"..." when to fertilize crap"


Made U look!

Dec 21, 2011 2:57AM
Such a convincing article when spellcheck can't understand context. Remember the beginning of the movie Soylent Green where Edward G. Robinson needs to ride a bike to charge the batteries in his apartment?
Dec 21, 2011 2:01PM
In 1960 while at the University---my dream was to be able to record my dreams with some sort of electrical hook up--------I had wonderful dreams but forgot almost all the them.   Maybe my dreaming back then will come to pass.   Thank you IBM     The cell phone has been a fantastic innovation in my time.
Dec 21, 2011 12:01PM
Where can I apply for Kim's job?  I thimk I'm qualatfied!
Dec 21, 2011 8:49AM
LOL  ever try to get cell phone signal in the country,  I doubt in 5 years they'll fix that.  

Great so somebody can record my voice using software and play it back like they did for the 9/11 fake cell phone calls to get my money out of the bank.
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