IBM's Five Best Predictions in Tech for the Next Five Years

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"We will make our own energy instead of relying on monopolizing power companies."
heh..... That doesn't mean that the old rule "energy in equals energy out" rule is dead.... So, instead of paying for power, we will pay for food instead because our body would need more energy to power these devices?

"Mind reading is no longer science fiction"
Good luck with that one....

"Junk mail will become priority mail"
Who comes up with this crap????

 
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If all this happens. We're going to be citizen's found on WALL-E. Hell no way!
 

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"Mind reading is no longer science fiction"
Interesting. AFAIK the only methods for recording brain waves are EEG and MEG, and are not exactly user friendly or cheap. It sure it great to see this brand new technology in our smartphones before the medical world even gets their hands on it.
 

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"Mind reading is no longer science fiction"
Interesting. AFAIK the only methods for recording brain waves are EEG and MEG, and are not exactly user friendly or cheap. It sure it great to see this brand new technology in our smartphones before the medical world even gets their hands on it.
 

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I predict that IBM is bad at making predictions. This stuff is complete crap. The only one that might happen is the self powered devices, but that will be limited to mobile devices and obviously not your PC.
 

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The mind reading I can believe. They are making huge steps towards brain interaction/control already. Mostly for helping people with spinal injuries, however it could be used for "reading"
 
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They've been making the, "junk mail will become valuable to you," for over a decade now, and it hasn't happened yet. I think they underestimate people's hatred of advertising clogging up their media streams, even if it's for stuff they like.
 

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"Mind reading is no longer science fiction"
If the advertisers can read our minds, then they can tell us exactly what we want to hear, exactly when we want to hear it. Which is why they they assume "Junk mail will become priority mail".
What they don't understand is the moment we are told what we want, we no longer want it.
 

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[citation][nom]memadmax[/nom]"We will make our own energy instead of relying on monopolizing power companies."heh..... That doesn't mean that the old rule "energy in equals energy out" rule is dead.... So, instead of paying for power, we will pay for food instead because our body would need more energy to power these devices?"Mind reading is no longer science fiction"Good luck with that one...."Junk mail will become priority mail"Who comes up with this crap????[/citation]

single car breaks, when you break it slows you down but it also generates power for the battery, I'm guessing it's things like that they say running shoes would provide power but just imagine if shoes could provide power to a small device like a phone, effectively making running out of power damn near impossible.

we already have mind reading things, they're really hard to use but they already exist, this is based on things I've seen five or so years ago so I don't know exactly how much it progressed. it's probably not the replaced keyboard typing just yet, or speech to text, but it could replace the mouse is also the chance that it could replace fingers touchpad device. all that said the moment that we can record our dreams sign me up, I have a bunch of them that I would just love remember forever, and out one of those porn.

Will imagine it this way, you bought a pair of socks, some unregistered you bought a pair of socks and then at the most likely date that the sack to be worn only be looking for new ones, in comes an advertisement for socks. Thanks to things like Facebook this is a very viable option and it would at least be less annoying than your penis needs to be enlarged.

[citation][nom]anonymous23423[/nom]"Mind reading is no longer science fiction"Interesting. AFAIK the only methods for recording brain waves are EEG and MEG, and are not exactly user friendly or cheap. It sure it great to see this brand new technology in our smartphones before the medical world even gets their hands on it.[/citation]
it's hard to explain but it actually has very little medical use, at least the method I've seen him doing it, but at the same time I could see being used in medicine more than anything else because controlling the computer with your brain would allow you to at least be able to communicate if you're paralyzed, among other applications.

[citation][nom]southernshark[/nom]I predict that IBM is bad at making predictions. This stuff is complete crap. The only one that might happen is the self powered devices, but that will be limited to mobile devices and obviously not your PC.[/citation]

completely power, no
offset your power bill, yes

Considering how much I rocked back and forth it my chair, or bob my leg up and down my foot, that could offset my power bill a it

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the most worrisome thing would be the biometric passwords, I could see being using ATMs, at least until people starting their fingers cut off. People don't like to think of it that way but that's how it would happen people would be getting the fingers cut off whether it's possible to circumvent it that way or not.
 

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I'm with Rick D. I typically use unsolicited advertising to tell me what NOT to buy. Even if the product type interests me, I'll try to find another vendor specifically to avoid supporting an unsolicited advertiser.
Biometric passwords are already here, at least to some extent, so I believe this one.
A later email is one thing, but the day my cell phone chides me on a choice I've made is likely the day I hurl it off a building. Just say no to Skynet.
 

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I'm skeptical on all five of these:

1. No matter what, the law of Conservation of Energy cannot be broken, ever. There's no free source of energy, period. (more on this below) Furthermore, of course, what would power companies say about this?

2. I can't see biometrics being any more secure... If anything, they'd be LESS secure, since that means anyone with a good photo of your eyes, and (possibly) a copy of your fingerprints and/or a strand of your hair would be able to fool EVERYTHING. With a password they at least have to try and crack it. Biometrics may be added as ADDITIONAL security, but it's NO replacement for other forms of it.

3. This, in all honesty, would be less convenient than many existing forms of input, such as the keyboard, mouse, touchscreen, and controller. Wearable readers are still inconvenient, and implanted devices are, of course, only something that makes sense for the handicapped. For the impaired, I can definitely see these sort of devices gaining a lot of popularity, but perhaps not so much for gadgets as for prosthesis.

4. This really sounds a lot like advertising... Of course, this could be compared to a "pro-active Siri," but even then, I'm predicting that, like either other people chiming in, people would just find this annoying. And it sorely misses the mark by suggesting this would eliminate the "Digital divide." Do they even remember what said "divide" is?

5. No, simply NO. The whole reason for advertisements existing in the information age is to try and present people with things that they aren't already wanting. If they would've bought said product anyway, it was wasted ad dollars. If someone is actively searching for a specific product, they are NOT going to be looking for advertisements... They're going to go to Google, Angie's List, or some other SERVICE that will provide them with things. This is something people pay for (indirectly) rather than receive as a negative experience. I see such services being used more and more, and, while one could predict that they'd become a primary source of revenue, they'd be wrong for the reason that they already are.

[citation][nom]alidan[/nom]single car breaks, when you break it slows you down but it also generates power for the battery, I'm guessing it's things like that they say running shoes would provide power but just imagine if shoes could provide power to a small device like a phone, effectively making running out of power damn near impossible.[/citation]
What they were referring to is the most-ignored (if most un-ignorable) law in physics: that of Conservation of Energy. (also known as the First Law of Thermodynamics) There's no such thing as free energy, (or power, fuel, etc) and this applies to EVERYTHING. If you're grabbing power for something, it's coming from SOMWHERE. Hybrid cars? Regenerative braking merely recovers the energy from the car's momentum. (with normal braking, it's all dissipated as heat, hence why brake pads are made of asbestos or ceramic)

Similarly, if your own movements are powering something, this means you're going to be expending extra energy to do so. No, it's NOT going to be energy you wouldn't be expending normally. Any device that'd be converting back-and-forth motions is going to wind up acting more as a "drag" than an otherwise inert object, as it will be acting as a deceleration on all your movements.
 

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Get the energy from your own:
Less bill more eating.

Biometrics:
Eyes, Vocal, Fingerprint,. 3x more efficient (to get robbed, dead or alive)

Mind reading:
You won't get away from your wife (with her mind-reader) about what happened in the business trip in Vegas last night.

Mobile for everyone:
Not bad.

Junk Mail to Priority mail:
Com' on!


 

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"Imagine a future where some sources of unsolicited advertisement produce such useful and perfectly timed ads, that you would signup"... ...for Viagra, sex with REAL women, making my penis bigger, free iPads and random things in Russian and Chinese.


...ok.
 

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[citation][nom]nottheking[/nom]I'm skeptical on all five of these:1. No matter what, the law of Conservation of Energy cannot be broken, ever. There's no free source of energy, period. (more on this below) Furthermore, of course, what would power companies say about this?2. I can't see biometrics being any more secure... If anything, they'd be LESS secure, since that means anyone with a good photo of your eyes, and (possibly) a copy of your fingerprints and/or a strand of your hair would be able to fool EVERYTHING. With a password they at least have to try and crack it. Biometrics may be added as ADDITIONAL security, but it's NO replacement for other forms of it.3. This, in all honesty, would be less convenient than many existing forms of input, such as the keyboard, mouse, touchscreen, and controller. Wearable readers are still inconvenient, and implanted devices are, of course, only something that makes sense for the handicapped. For the impaired, I can definitely see these sort of devices gaining a lot of popularity, but perhaps not so much for gadgets as for prosthesis.4. This really sounds a lot like advertising... Of course, this could be compared to a "pro-active Siri," but even then, I'm predicting that, like either other people chiming in, people would just find this annoying. And it sorely misses the mark by suggesting this would eliminate the "Digital divide." Do they even remember what said "divide" is?5. No, simply NO. The whole reason for advertisements existing in the information age is to try and present people with things that they aren't already wanting. If they would've bought said product anyway, it was wasted ad dollars. If someone is actively searching for a specific product, they are NOT going to be looking for advertisements... They're going to go to Google, Angie's List, or some other SERVICE that will provide them with things. This is something people pay for (indirectly) rather than receive as a negative experience. I see such services being used more and more, and, while one could predict that they'd become a primary source of revenue, they'd be wrong for the reason that they already are.What they were referring to is the most-ignored (if most un-ignorable) law in physics: that of Conservation of Energy. (also known as the First Law of Thermodynamics) There's no such thing as free energy, (or power, fuel, etc) and this applies to EVERYTHING. If you're grabbing power for something, it's coming from SOMWHERE. Hybrid cars? Regenerative braking merely recovers the energy from the car's momentum. (with normal braking, it's all dissipated as heat, hence why brake pads are made of asbestos or ceramic)Similarly, if your own movements are powering something, this means you're going to be expending extra energy to do so. No, it's NOT going to be energy you wouldn't be expending normally. Any device that'd be converting back-and-forth motions is going to wind up acting more as a "drag" than an otherwise inert object, as it will be acting as a deceleration on all your movements.[/citation]

correct, look at the hybrid cars breaking, are you telling me there is nothing that could be passively added to the human body that would generate some amount of electricity. Running shoes some sort of shock absorbers in them is engineered right could generate electricity, applied to every type of shoe you might not treat as much as running shoes but it would create some electricity. There are a lot of things that capacity tree electricity just by our everyday movements it might not eat much but it might be enough to power wireless device.
 

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I don't find any of them far fetched, and most quiet conservative.

People Power - Seven years ago Microsoft patented the idea of using the human skin. Not only would the skins natural conductivity be used to power devices, it could also be used as a living antennae to create wireless nodes. Nobody here is claiming to violate conservation of energy. Merely harnessing new sources of currently existing energy.

Biometrics - Let's face it, that reality is already here. While biometric security is far from mainstream it's a technology that's been being used for ages. As this field grows and matures you'll see biometric techniques that involve more than just an iris scan or fingerprints. Our bodies generate unique thermal patterns that while the temperatures change, the pattern does not. Body movement, speech patterns. We are walking talking cryptographic engines. With unique reproducible data points that are countless in their scope you have the makings of a security systems that would be virtually impossible to brute force crack.

Mind Reading - While this seems far fetched on the surface, and might be a poster child for exaggeration there are working technologies today that do a decent job of reading your mind. Look at current day caching solutions. The "mind-reading" toys and mouse replacement addons have nothing to do with scanning your brain waves. They merely track muscle movements in your face and once a good association is created between looking one direction or another and the corresponding muscles that move to do so it works. There's no reason this couldn't be applied on a more sophisticated level to much more subtle control.

Digital Divide - Really? Does this even count as a prediction? Cell Phones have become an extension of their owners already. The divide is down, now it's just a matter of how intimate innovation is going to pervade our life. Everything points to a future in which we're integrated with machine at the finest of scales.

Junk Mail - AKA Personalized Marketing or One-to-One Marketing. Again, this is another technology that's already in place. As more and more individual consumer data is collected this will become more and more personalized to tailor an individuals needs. This technology isn't going to shrink or go away, it'll just get better.

Nothing here was shocking or forward thinking. Every single instance was a technology that's already being developed or is in use today that will just continue to mature.

How about in 5 years not a single person in this country will drive a car. How about based on current trends in AI and Robotics we could see specialized machines performing jobs that today can only be conducted by humans, and doing it better. Your next surgery could very well be done by a highly sophisticated robust machine capable of on the fly strategy changes based on a multitude of unpredictable scenarios. I love how IBM really shied away from AI all together considering how badly the company that invented the field is being made to look by Google.
 
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