Wednesday, January 4, 2012

IBM's Sixth Annual “Five in Five" Revealed (Part 1) *

IBM recently released its 6th annual “IBM Five in Five" (#ibm5in5). It's a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and play over the next five years:

These dedicated view of IBM Five in Five innovations that may change how people work, live and play over the next five years include the following:

1. You will be able to power your home with the energy you create yourself

Anything that moves or produces heat has the potential to create energy that can be captured. Walking. Jogging. Bicycling. The heat from your computer. Even the water flowing through your pipes. Think of small devices like the spokes on your bicycle wheels that recharge batteries as you peddle along. You will have the satisfaction of not only getting to where you want to go, but at the same time powering some of the lights in your home.

IBM scientists in Ireland are looking at ways to understand and minimize the environmental impact of converting ocean wave energy into electricity.

2. You will never need a password again

Your biological makeup is the key to your individual identity, and soon, it will become the key to safeguarding it.

You will no longer need to create, track or remember multiple passwords for various log-ins. Imagine you will be able to walk up to an ATM machine to securely withdraw money by simply speaking your name or looking into a tiny sensor that can recognize the unique patterns in the retina of your eye. Or by doing the same, you can check your account balance on your mobile phone or tablet.

Each person has a unique biological identity and behind all that is data. Biometric data – facial definitions, retinol scans and voice files – will be composited through software to build your DNA unique online password.

Referred to as multifactor biometrics, smarter systems will be able to aggregate this information in real-time to make sure whenever someone is attempting to access your information, it matches your unique biometric profile and it is authentic. As always, you’ll be able to opt in or out of whatever information you choose to provide.

Here is a video on IBM's Five in Five:

To be Continued...

Watch out for the last three of the Five in Five points based on market and societal trends. How do you find the IBM 5 in 5 so far?

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