by January 13, 2012 0 comments

The next Five in Five is based on market and societal trends as well as emerging technologies from
IBM’s labs around the world that can make these transformations possible.

Here are how five technologies will define the future

You will be able to power your home with the energy you create yourself.

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

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, workplaces and cities.

Imagine attaching small devices to the spokes on your bicycle wheels that recharge batteries as you
peddle along. You will have the satisfaction of not only getting to where you want to go, but at the
same time powering some of the lights in your home.

You will never need a password again.

Your biological makeup is the key to your individual identity, and soon, it will become the key to
safeguarding it.

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.

Each person has a unique biological identity and behind all that is data. Biometric data — facial
definitions, retinol scans and voice files — will be composited through software to build your DNA
unique online password.

Mind reading is no longer science fiction.

From Houdini to Skywalker to X-Men, mind reading has merely been “wishful thinking” for science fiction fans for decades, but their wish may soon come true.

IBM scientists are 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.

Scientists in the field of bioinformatics have designed headsets with advanced sensors to read
electrical brain activity that can recognize facial expressions, excitement and concentration levels,
and thoughts of a person without them physically taking any actions.

The digital divide will cease to exist.

In our global society, growth and wealth of economies are increasingly decided by the level of
access to information. And in five years, the gap between information haves and have-nots will
narrow considerably due to advances in mobile technology.

There are 7 billion people inhabiting the world today. 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.

In India, using speech technology and mobile devices, IBM enabled rural villagers who were illiterate to pass along information through recorded messages on their phones. With access to information that was not there before, villagers could check weather reports for help them decide when to fertilize crops, know when doctors were coming into town, and find the best prices for their crops or

Junk mail will become priority mail.

Think about how often we’re flooded with advertisements we consider to be irrelevant or unwanted. It may not be that way for long.

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.

Imagine if tickets to your favorite band are put on hold for you the moment they became available,
and for the one night of the week that is free on your calendar. Through alerts direct to you, you’ll be
able to purchase tickets instantly from your mobile device. Or imagine being notified that a snow
storm is about to affect your travel plans and you might want to re-route your flight?

IBM is developing technology that uses real-time analytics to make sense and integrate data from
across all the facets of your life such as your social networks and online preferences to present and
recommend information that is only useful to you.

From news, to sports, to politics, you’ll trust the technology will know what you want, so you can
decide what to do with it.

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