Skip to comments.IBM's annual list of five innovations set to change our lives in the next five years
Posted on 12/29/2010 1:21:00 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies
IBM has announced its fifth annual Next Five in Five a list of five technologies that the company believes have the potential to change the way people work, live and play over the next five years. While there are no flying cars or robot servants on the list, there are holographic friends, air-powered batteries, personal environmental sensors, customized commutes and building-heating computers.
It may not be a flying car, but its definitely one weve seen in sci-fi movies before the ability to converse with a life-size holographic image of another person in real time. The futurists at IBM point to recent advances in 3D cameras and movies, predicting that holography chat (aka 3D telepresence) cant be all that far behind. Already, the University of Arizona has unveiled a system that can transmit holographic images in near-real-time.
It is also predicted that 3D visualization could be applied to data, allowing researchers to step inside software programs (wasnt that just in a movie?), computer models, or pretty much anything else that is limited by a simple 2D screen. IBM compares it to the way in which the Earth appears undistorted when we experience it first-hand in three dimensions, yet it appears pinched at the top and bottom when we see it on a two-dimensional world map.
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They left out the suspension of “mark to market” accounting.
“They left out the suspension of mark to market accounting.”
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This means that Jim is going to have to build a holographic conference center and vacation getaway for our 3D Freeper telepresences.
If he refuses, we'll just gather on his front lawn with our 3D beer coolers and lawn chairs.
Pinging you to post #5 above.
If we don’t replace Obama and his Marxist cabal pretty soon, there won’t be any five year advances in technology. Not in America anyway. Maybe IBM can pull it of in Free China.
1) Waste of time/money/effort. Phone/email work fine for 99+% of uses.
2) Improvements in battery technology would be welcome.
3) A researcher who does not control his/her own data collection protocol is asking for trouble.
4) Real-time commute management? Yes, yes, very nice I guess.
5) “Waste” computer heat isn’t wasted in the winter when you need to heat the office anyway. Convert the heat into electricity? Good luck with that low deltaT heat engine.
Yawn....is this the best we can do?
no hot clients?
Is this like IBM’s Punch-Card tabulating Machine that they sold to Nazi Germany for the 1936 German Census so they could find the Jews(and others) more “efficiently”? O and IBM also provided The Nazis tech support as well.
“3D telepresence” is a routine technology in the universe of “Bones.”
This is an annual thing? Never heard of it.
Be neat to see their list from 10 years ago.
Is this like IBMs Punch-Card tabulating Machine that they sold to Nazi Germany for the 1936 German Census so they could find the Jews(and others) more efficiently? O and IBM also provided The Nazis tech support as well.
I’m sure they just thought that they were Building a Smarter Planet...
Ya make one little mistake and they never forget.
As an aside, 3D telepresence is going to completely rearrange the world real estate market.
Have thought for a while holographic football, baseball, or opera on your living room floor would be pretty cool to watch.
By the way in 2006 IBM thought phones would read minds - maybe they should make a phone. I like my new Focus from Samsung - it reads enough for an old guy. The screen is cool and the applications are easy to use.
They’re kinda obsessed with 3D aren’t they.
“IBM is trying to reduce the amount power required for such devices to less than 0.5 volts per transistor.”
Yes, I’m a grunt engineer, but if you don’t even know how power is measured (volts x amps = watts) why would anybody even listen to you?
And, while I was around at the time, I had the good sense to avoid IBM PCs.
I can’t wait for their “smart meters” to fry the gizmos at my house that Gulf Power hasn’t gotten to already /S
I only like the first 2 on the list. I think the holographic telepresence is a good idea and worth persuing. Not so much for phone conversations but for robots. A robot that can project itself holographically to my side without actually following me around would be handy. Then I wouldn’t need a computer or a telephone. I could say “oh robot, come here” and then without more than a split second of waiting, my robot’s hologram appears and says “yes sir, what can I do?”. I can make a phone call, send email, etc, just by telling my robot’s hologram and my robot can do it for me. I suppose I would have to carry around the holographic projector though. But that still beats carrying a computer or a robot.
Color me paranoid, but when I see the words glowbull warming near invasive species, I think they may be thinking of deniers and other logical thinkers.
With that in mind, I read “citizen science” as “tracking people”.
...sensors could be used to create massive data sets used for everything from fighting global warming to tracking invasive species. IBM also sees custom scientific smartphone apps playing a part in citizen science, and has already launched an app called Creek Watch, that allows us regular folks to update the local water authority on creek conditions.
This could just as easily allow "us regular folks" to report your next door neighbor for "failure to recycle" or "leaving too many lights on" to the "local authority."
Yes, Im a grunt engineer, but if you dont even know how power is measured (volts x amps = watts) why would anybody even listen to you?
(Ahem..) journalists. The sentence could only mean that they were predicting gate-source threshhold voltages below .5 volts, so that circuits could operate on Vdd's down to a volt or a little more. That would certainly qualify as a low power technology.