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International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) announced its sixth annual “IBM 5 of 5″ technology report including the predictions our smartphones will be able to read our minds and we’ll no longer need passwords. With Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Siri making waves this year, Big Blue’s predictions don’t seem as much science fiction.
According to IBM, the report lists five innovations that “that have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during the next five years.”
Take a look at this year’s list:
People power will come to life
We’ll be able to produce energy ourselves to meet our needs.
“Anything that moves or produces heat has the potential to create energy that can be captured. Walking. Jogging. Bicycling. The heat from your computer. Even the water flowing through your pipes. Advances in renewable energy technology will allow individuals to collect this kinetic energy, which now goes to waste, and use it to help power our homes, offices and cities.”
You will never need a password again
Our biological makeup will be the key in safeguarding our identify. We’ll be able to use biometric data.
You will no longer need to create, track or remember multiple passwords for various log-ins. Imagine you will be able to walk up to an ATM machine to securely withdraw money by simply speaking your name or looking into a tiny sensor that can recognize the unique patterns in the retina of your eye. Or by doing the same, you can check your account balance on your mobile phone or tablet.
Mind reading is no longer science fiction
Want to type in a certain word or call someone, all you’ll need to do is look at your phone or smartphone and it’s done.
IBM scientists are among those researching how to link your brain to your devices, such as a computer or a smartphone. If you just need to think about calling someone, it happens. Or you can control the cursor on a computer screen just by thinking about where you want to move it.
Within 5 years, we will begin to see early applications of this technology in the gaming and entertainment industry. Furthermore, doctors could use the technology to test brain patterns, possibly even assist in rehabilitation from strokes and to help in understanding brain disorders, such as autism.
The digital divide will cease to exist
Mobile devices will become very mainstream and more versatile.
IBM writes: In five years there will be 5.6 billion mobile devices sold – which means 80% of the current global population would each have a mobile device.
As it becomes cheaper to own a mobile phone, people without a lot of spending power will be able to do much more than they can today. Growing communities will be able to use mobile technology to provide access to essential information and better serve people with new solutions and business models such as mobile commerce and remote healthcare.
Junk mail will become priority mail
Forget about annoying unsoliciwaiting for emails or snail mail, everything will go directly to your mobile phone.
IBM writes: In five years, unsolicited advertisements may feel so personalized and relevant it may seem spam is dead. At the same time, spam filters will be so precise you’ll never be bothered by unwanted sales pitches again.
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