Monday, December 8, 2008

IBM Five Innovations that will change our lives

Every year, or at least for the last three, IBM comes up with a list of five innovations they think will have the most impact on our lives within five years. This year the list includes:
  • Energy saving solar technology will be built into asphalt, paint and windows
  • You will have a crystal ball for your health
  • You will talk to the Web . . . and the Web will talk back
  • You will have your own digital shopping assistants
  • Forgetting will become a distant memory
Go to the article for a detailed explanation of each item. Or watch the video...

I don't remember hearing about these lists before, so I went online to look up the previous lists.

2007 Five in Five
  • It will be easy for you to be green and save money doing it
  • The way you drive will be completely different
  • You are what you eat, so you will know what you eat
  • Your cell phone will be your wallet, your ticket broker, your concierge, your bank, your shopping buddy and more
  • Doctors will get enhanced "super-senses" to better diagnose and treat you.

2006 Five in Five (We're only two years out from seeing these??? Still waiting for my phone to read my mind....or come close.)
  • We will be able to access health care remotely, from just about anywhere in the world
  • Real-time speech translation--once a vision only in science fiction--will become te norm
  • There will be a 3-D internet
  • Technologies the size of a few atoms will address areas of environmental importance
  • Our mobile phones will come close to reading our minds

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