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IBM: 5 Innovations That Will Change Our Lives in 5 Years

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Hardcore
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Re: too futuristic ideas in my opinion
Hardcore   1/4/2011 5:08:47 PM
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Unfortunately,  a lot of this is pie in the sky wishful thinking, specifically because too implement parts of the IBM '5 year plan' personal freedom and privacy would need to be given up.

Planned commutes and environmental issues would require 24/7/365 tracking of an individual on a minute by minute basis, which means that any data available would be capable of tracking your exact location. There is already too much 'big brother' mentality from the likes of google, without the tree huggers and scientists getting in on the act.

The IBM review could have been made far better if they had mentioned 'printable' component technology as something  more likely to effect us in the next 5 years.

http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/26987/?mod=chfeatured&a=f

Or the printable memory devices

http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/26826/?mod=chthumb

or

http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/25429/?mod=related

It appears that whoever compiled the IBM list clearly was not a high-ranking thinker. 

 

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Doesn't sounds like a great innovation
elctrnx_lyf   1/4/2011 12:47:44 PM
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The five innovations that were presented here doesn't sound really innovative in any impactful manner. Particularly 3D and the battery technologies are more realistic already with the developments that we have seen till today. The innovation could be in terms of more efficient and different alternative energy sources. Something like much efficient solar panels is one example.

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Re: too futuristic ideas in my opinion
stochastic excursion   1/3/2011 3:43:47 PM
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I'd be very surprised to see useful applications along most of these topics in a five-year timeframe.  Big city traffic systems are packed with high-end remote sensing equipment right now, and stop-and-go traffic during rush hour is still the norm.  There are interesting wireless charging technologies for mobile phones that exist, and chargeless phones would be a welcome innovation, but I hope air-breathing isn't a requirement!  Very big hurdles exist for holography that make it unlikely to be used for much more than identifying credit cards and software.

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mfbertozzi   1/3/2011 9:48:51 AM
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Personally, I think "5 years" is a very long time frame especially in our sector.  Avoiding to speak about geeks' topics, but telling about massive phenomena, two years ago, three years ago applications like social media or mobile development platforms like Android were unkwown for a big part of us. I believe the way to change our lives (and life...) is to overtake now some social barriers. For example: is telecommuting (I mean working from home, at least for certain jobs) universal accepted or, despite technology could allow it, some prejudges are still in place?

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Anna young   1/1/2011 7:53:26 AM
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I look forward to that wonderful batteries innovation; I hope it is introduced sooner than anticipated, it is a fantastic idea.

 

However, to see further work on data monitoring devices being implanted in my private confines and all in the name of science; hmm! Definitely no sir. In the United Kingdom, these devices already overwhelm us. Big brother watches you practically everywhere.

Wouldn’t want to see any more of Big brother watching me.

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Ms. Daisy   12/31/2010 10:45:52 PM
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Bolaji;

Can you please rank the IBM innovations based on your opinion on which of the innovations will likely to be more profitable for IBM when it gets to the market.

If these innovations really come to fruition, then IBM definitely has a plan that seems to be a smart one. Developing "small form factor products" for other company's products, and the receiving company does the leg work of sales of more efficient products. IBM stands to benefit more by having high volume sales the SFF products or through its license to the manufacturers. The latter seem less hassle though the former may yield more money.

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Re: The World Tomorrow
kumar1863   12/31/2010 5:10:43 PM
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Thanks for the post Bolaji. IBM one of the largest firms which become a essential part of everyone life. Batteries life has to enhanced so we can survive a week time by charging out mobile one time. Data security will be a tough task ahead as it is going to be a 100% electronic world.

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Dave Sasson   12/31/2010 1:33:52 PM
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All of these sound great…in theory.  Unfortunately they all seem very costly and complex to implement within the next 5 years.  Seems very aggressive to me.  They may be available in a limited fashion (perhaps for certain applications or for select industries to prototype or still being perfected in a lab environment), but not on a mass consumer level ready for prime time.   In 5 years, we will still be driving our gas guzzling vehicles (manually of course), sitting in traffic, interacting in 2D while draining our batteries faster than ever.  I hope I am wrong.

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too futuristic ideas in my opinion
Himanshugupta   12/31/2010 11:59:44 AM
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i agree that all the ideas are realistic and have potential to change our lives but i seriously doubt whether most of these solution will be available to the massed in next 5 years. On the batteries, i remember reading a report saying that the batteries will use air and will last 10 times longer but that was demonstrated only in the lab. As Bolaji rightly points out, the cost usually is quite a formidable factor while commercializing a technology.

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Backorder   12/31/2010 8:08:09 AM
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On second thoughts, I think the Holographic displays can actually go much beyong provided they let us interact in the correct manner. Imagine, applications for engineers, Doctors, students, scientists which allow system analysis with complete interactive environment instead of 2D  and 3D videos. The technology and content required will be huge but the application could be immense for some groups in particluar. I can see this being a key technology in the military facilities of the future.

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