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IBM's annual list of five innovations set to change our lives in the next five years
Gizmag ^ | 12/28/2010 | Ben Coxworth

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.

3D telepresence

It may not be a flying car, but it’s definitely one we’ve 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) can’t 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 (wasn’t 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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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: annual; change; five; fiveinfive; ibm; innovations; list; lives; technology; years

1 posted on 12/29/2010 1:21:02 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

They left out the suspension of “mark to market” accounting.


2 posted on 12/29/2010 1:22:32 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder ("Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking" - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

“They left out the suspension of “mark to market” accounting.”

also known as federal levitation


3 posted on 12/29/2010 1:25:38 PM PST by cowtowney
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

4 posted on 12/29/2010 1:26:05 PM PST by JRios1968 (This is me, in a nutshell: "Let me out of here...I'm trapped in a nutshell!!!!")
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
3D telepresence

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.

5 posted on 12/29/2010 1:27:14 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: Jim Robinson

Pinging you to post #5 above.


6 posted on 12/29/2010 1:28:59 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

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.


7 posted on 12/29/2010 1:33:08 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

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?


8 posted on 12/29/2010 1:34:58 PM PST by poindexter
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To: poindexter
Phone/email work fine for 99+% of uses.

no hot clients?

9 posted on 12/29/2010 1:38:00 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: Jim Robinson
Amen to that! Take a sneak peek at GM's 2015 Chevy GEO prototype...


10 posted on 12/29/2010 1:38:17 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

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.


11 posted on 12/29/2010 1:40:42 PM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

“3D telepresence” is a routine technology in the universe of “Bones.”


12 posted on 12/29/2010 1:52:35 PM PST by dangus
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

This is an annual thing? Never heard of it.
Be neat to see their list from 10 years ago.


13 posted on 12/29/2010 1:52:38 PM PST by DManA
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To: US Navy Vet

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.

I’m sure they just thought that they were Building a Smarter Planet...


14 posted on 12/29/2010 1:52:52 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: US Navy Vet

Ya make one little mistake and they never forget.


15 posted on 12/29/2010 1:57:09 PM PST by DManA
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To: dangus
I like Bones.

As an aside, 3D telepresence is going to completely rearrange the world real estate market.

16 posted on 12/29/2010 1:57:37 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Have thought for a while holographic football, baseball, or opera on your living room floor would be pretty cool to watch.


17 posted on 12/29/2010 2:06:13 PM PST by Jolla
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To: DManA
I found The 2009 list

The 2006 list(pdf)

18 posted on 12/29/2010 2:11:48 PM PST by Rio
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To: Rio
Thanks for a great find - they did not get much right in 2006 so what makes anyone think these are great? Kinetecs - it is the new Plastic. Many people think that we will have computer sensors like the Kinetec games that will run plenty of life, via the motion sensors - it can happen very fast.

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.

19 posted on 12/29/2010 2:21:58 PM PST by q_an_a (a)
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To: Rio

They’re kinda obsessed with 3D aren’t they.


20 posted on 12/29/2010 2:24:27 PM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

“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.


21 posted on 12/29/2010 2:32:15 PM PST by benewton
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

I can’t wait for their “smart meters” to fry the gizmos at my house that Gulf Power hasn’t gotten to already /S


22 posted on 12/29/2010 2:35:21 PM PST by orlop9
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To: poindexter

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.


23 posted on 12/29/2010 2:45:13 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
Such sensors could be used to create massive data sets used for everything from fighting global warming to tracking invasive species...

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.

24 posted on 12/29/2010 2:49:54 PM PST by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: US Navy Vet

With that in mind, I read “citizen science” as “tracking people”.


25 posted on 12/29/2010 6:21:25 PM PST by hifidelity
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To: hifidelity
I agree with you. "Citizen scientists" seems only a few steps away from "Stasi" if you ask me.

...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."

26 posted on 12/29/2010 6:45:42 PM PST by denydenydeny (Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak-Adams)
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To: benewton
“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?

(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.

27 posted on 12/29/2010 9:07:43 PM PST by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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