Nobody can predict exactly what will be the state of tech in the feature! But, one can guess what will happen to the technology as we know it today. The 21st century has evolved technology more than we have ever known. We can now talk, and even see the person sitting at the other corner of the world. We are now connected to everyone with the help of social networks and the web.
Folks at IBM are pretty expert in guessing the future of tech, Five years, to be exact. That’s why forecasts like IBM’s annual "Five in Five” are so thought-provoking, even if they’re occasionally wrong.
IBM’s Vice President of innovation , Bernie Meyerson said about their prediction of future of tech that,
It’s not perfect. This stuff has actually panned out a lot.
They are right, as until now people predicted the feature of tech as what could happen! But now, they predict things which are more comfortable than before.
Is technological progress always a good thing? Not necessarily, if you’re talking about key-logging software on mobile devices, or government-supported spyware. The latest predictions from IBM, issued today, have lots of potential for a dreams-vs.-nightmares debate:
1. Gadgets Using Human-Power
One thing that is being connected to the gadgets of feature is the manual power of human being used for charging gadgets. Your devices would charge as you jog, ride your bike, or run water through the pipes of your home. Another thing which will can be made to charge your device in the future can be the heat generated by your computer.
The only thing in the way of people-power-using devices is that, making them capable of doing this will make them more uncomfortable and very tricky to design.
2. No Need Of A Password
There will be no need of entering passwords instead, other technologies like facial recognition, iris recognition, face recognition and voice recognition will be used. For one thing, facial recognition is now live with the Galaxy Nexus. You can unlock it using your face. Though there are some reports of Galaxy Nexus being unlocked by a photo of the user, but still it is not confirmed.
The downside to this is that, these types of technologies can be fooled with a picture or a recording. We hope that in the future, these technologies would be improved to be made fool-proof.
3. Mind Reading
Jealous of Professor Charles in “X-Men” having a piece of technology which reads his mind? If you are, you won’t me in a matter of years. In future, devices will use mind reading functions to detect the mood and need of the user. This is no longer a dream. It is happening now and IBM thinks that technology will be ready for prime time within the next five years.
The bad thing about this can be that while using your gadget/device, you won’t be able to think about something secret as at that time, your device would detect it.
People worry about something that will interpret your brain. That’s not what we’re talking about here.
4. The Digital Divide Will Cease To Exist
2011 has been a year of digital divide. Since the introduction of hundreds of new gadgets and tons of new technologies, nobody can get all those things, especially the poor ones.
It’s gotten to the point where it’s cheaper to have a cell phone than to have a bank account
IBM researchers are already working to make this vision a reality. IBM is working on making even the poor and illetrate ones use mobile phones for basic services, and is trying to level the digital divid by standardizing the tech.
5. No Junk Mail
This is the good part. Though, even now, Junk filters are present for you to get rid of all that junk mail. But in the feature, they will be inside your mail service and will automatically differ in the junk mail, and the mail important for you.
So what do you think about IBM’s “Five in Five” predictions? Will they come true, or will they be as wrong as BlackBerry about PlayBook?