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megimoo
11-26-2008, 02:22 PM
IBM Reveals Five Innovations That Will Change Our Lives in the Next Five Years

Unveiled today, the third annual "IBM Next Five in Five" is a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and play over the next five years:

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-- 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

The Next Five in Five is based on market and societal trends expected to transform our lives, as well as emerging technologies from IBM’s Labs around the world that can make these innovations possible.

In the next five years, technology innovations will change our lives in the following ways:

Energy saving solar technology will be built into asphalt, paint and windows

Ever wonder how much energy could be created by having solar technology embedded in our sidewalks, driveways, siding, paint, rooftops, and windows? In the next five years, solar energy will be an affordable option for you and your neighbors. Until now, the materials and the process of producing solar cells to convert into solar energy have been too costly for widespread adoption. But now this is changing with the creation of “thin-film” solar cells, a new type of cost-efficient solar cell that can be 100 times thinner than silicon-wafer cells and produced at a lower cost. These new thin-film solar cells can be “printed” and arranged on a flexible backing, suitable for not only the tops, but also the sides of buildings, tinted windows, cell phones, notebook computers, cars, and even clothing.
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You will have a crystal ball for your health

What if you could foresee your health destiny and use that knowledge to modify your lifestyle? Even though we are told that things like French fries, potato chips, cheese and wine aren’t good for us, what if you could find out specifically that you are someone who could consume more of those vices without having negative impact on your health? In the next five years, your doctor will be able to provide you with a genetic map that tells you what health risks you are likely to face in your lifetime and the specific things you can do to prevent them, based on your specific DNA – all for less than $200. Ever since scientists discovered how to map the entire human genome, it has opened new doors in helping to unlock the secrets our genes hold to predicting health traits and conditions we may be predisposed to. Doctors can use this information to recommend lifestyle changes and treatments. Pharmaceutical companies will also be able to engineer new, more effective medications that are targeted for each of us as individual patients. Genetic mapping will radically transform healthcare over the next five years and allow you to take better care of yourself.
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You will talk to the Web . . . and the Web will talk back

“Going” to the web will change dramatically in the next five years. In the future, you will be able to surf the Internet, hands-free, by using your voice – therefore eliminating the need for visuals or keypads. New technology will change how people create, build and interact with information and e-commerce websites – using speech instead of text. We know this can happen because the technology is available, but we also know it can happen because it must. In places like India, where the spoken word is more prominent than the written word in education, government and culture, “talking” to the Web is leapfrogging all other interfaces, and the mobile phone is outpacing the PC. In the future, through the use of “VoiceSites,” people without access to a personal computer and Internet, or who are unable to read or write, will be able to take advantage of all the benefits and conveniences the Web has to offer. And by the web becoming more accessible by using voice, it will become easier to use for everyone. Imagine being within a phone call’s reach from the ability to post, scan and respond to e-mails and instant messages – without typing. You will be able to sort through the Web verbally to find what you are looking for and have the information read back to you – as if you are having a conversation with the Web.


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You will have your own digital shopping assistants

Ever find yourself in a fitting room with all the wrong sizes and no salesperson in sight? And what about affirmation from friends that the outfit you’ve chosen truly does look good on you? In the next five years, shoppers will increasingly rely on themselves - and the opinions of each other - to make purchasing decisions rather than wait for help from in-store sales associates. A combination of new technology and the next wave of mobile devices will give the in-store shopping experience a significant boost. Fitting rooms soon will be outfitted with digital shopping assistants - touch screen and voice activated kiosks that will allow you to choose clothing items and accessories to complement, or replace, what you already selected. Once you make your selections, a sales associate is notified and will gather the items and bring them directly to you. You’ll also be able to snap photos of yourself in different combinations and email or SMS them to your friends and family for the thumbs up…or the thumbs down. Shoppers can access product ratings and reviews from fellow consumers and will even be able to download money-saving coupons and instantly apply them to their purchases.
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Forgetting will become a distant memory

Information overload keeping you up at night? Forget about it. In the next five years, it will become much easier to remember what to buy at the grocery store, which errands need to be run, who you spoke with at a conference, where and when you agreed to meet a friend, or what product you saw advertised at the airport. That's because such details of everyday life will be recorded, stored, analyzed, and provided at the appropriate time and place by both portable and stationary smart appliances. To help make this possible, microphones and video cameras will record conversations and activities. The information collected will be automatically stored and analyzed on a personal computer. People can then be prompted to "remember" what discussions they had, for example, with their daughter or doctor by telephone. Based on such conversations, smart phones equipped with global-positioning technology might also remind them to pick up groceries or prescriptions if they pass a particular store at a particular time. It's not hard to imagine that TVs, remote controls, or even coffee table tops, can one day be the familiar mediums through which we tap into our digitally-stored information.

http://www.physorg.com/news146852022.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86RpIwNTGvI&eurl=http://www.physorg.com/news146852022.html

Gingersnap
11-26-2008, 02:47 PM
Aside from the solar technology, none of this sounds all that great to me.

If your Doc can map your predispositions to disease, why can't your insurer (or gov't) demand lifestyle compliance? I can imagine people being forced into various diet/exercise programs or being faced with withdrawal of services or punitive rates.

I read about ten times faster than I listen. I'm completely uninterested in accessing the Internet by voice or having even more software gate-keeping my information experience.

Who would want to wait in a dressing room while a clerk ran around the store gathering clothing for 5 or 10 people? Do adults really consult with their peers about clothing choices in a serious way? Do you really need to send every person you know a shot of your rear end in order to make a decision about which jeans to buy?

I don't want software to schedule my time. Software can't lie convincingly or blow off frivolous requests. Would I really want random conversations recorded? :eek:

biccat
11-26-2008, 02:55 PM
Energy saving solar technology will be built into asphalt, paint and windows

Feel guilty about having your own house and enough food to eat? Not sure you're suffering enough to protect the environment as commanded by the prophet Al Gore? No problem! With our patented "screw you out of your money" technology, we will provide earth-friendly solar powered houses for the low price of $500 per square foot of coverage. With this new super efficient solar collector technology (for areas that are sunny all the time, meaning not your house), energy dependence will become a thing of the past - and the future! No longer will we have to buy oil from theocratic deposts in Saudi Arabia and Iran. OPEC will become a thing of the past. With this new technology, the Sahara and Gobi deserts will be the new energy hotspots in the world. African and East-Asian dictators will soon control the means of producing the energy you use. Finally, we can say "goodbye" to those jerks in the middle east who meddle in our country, and hello to a new bunch of jerks in Africa and Asia who will probably be just about the same as the old guys.
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You will have a crystal ball for your health

In addition to being provided the latest information on alternative health treatments from our certified makeyoufeelbetterologists for a low subscription cost of $59.99 per month, you will be provided the latest alternative health products to try for free (just pay shipping, handling, labor, and overhead costs). Crystal balls, power pyramids, and homeopathic candles will be sent to your house weekly for you to try and report on. If you sign up now, you can even receive our miraculous cancer curing series of crystals. Just press the crystal to the cancer site, undergo 3-6 months of high intensity chemotherapy, and suddenly your cancer will be cured! Don't have cancer? No problem! We will happily send to you, for a nominal fee, a cancer-inducing super-ion air filter, guaranteed to induce abnormal growths within 60-70 years. Then, you can try our cancer curing crystal and therapy risk free in your home!
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You will talk to the Web . . . and the Web will talk back

By just announcing your intent to visit the world wide web, you will be transferred automatically to a digital wonderland, featuring a wealth of websites and stores you can visit. Most of these will be porn. Also, you will be able to interact with other "netizens" to discuss important matters of the day, such as whether the Grey Hulk could beat up the Red Hulk, or debate the merits of the various political parties. Rest assured, that whichever topic you choose to engage in, you will be ridiculed, insulted, and threatened for having ideas different than someone else, even if the point of contention is minor. Avoid the back alleys of the internet where memes are born, lest you become caught up in their viral-like spread throughout the internet. Hamsters on pianos, funky hedgehogs, and illiterate felines will spring up seemingly on their own accord from the streets of this digital paradise. Also, you can get discount drugs at half the price charged by retail outlets to increase the size of your penis, grow hair where you want it, and remove hair where you don't.
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You will have your own digital shopping assistants

Digital shopping will change for the better when you enter the new internet. Rather than meeting a boring splash screen full of boring information like the latest news of the day, stock prices, and what movies are playing, you will be instantly bombarded with information. Games trying to swat the fly will promise you riches beyond your wildest dreams in exchange for your credit card number. High definition movies will promise you the moon if you would just spend a couple of minutes to take a survey. Flashing lights will announce that you are the twelve-billionth person to visit the website, and provide you with a chance to win a new car. Not only will you have a wealth of places to shop, but shopping will become easier. No longer will you have to remember passwords, long strings of numbers, or your mother's maiden name. Just click a button and your information will be sent directly from your wallet. To ease your transition to this digital marketplace, "secret shoppers" will have access to your credit card information, be able to purchase items under your name, and have it shipped to themselves, effectively cutting out the middleman - you! All the spending power with none of that difficult work of spending your own money.
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Forgetting will become a distant memory

Always forget where you left your socks in the morning? No problem, just visit http://www.wheresmysocks.net and input your username, password, mother's maiden name, shoe size, cat's name, and location where you last left your socks. Instantly, you will be emailed a 3D map of your home (sponsored and photographed by Google) showing exactly where your socks are likely to be. Can't remember that girl's name who gave you her phone number? No problem! Just go to http://www.my.lastnight.barcrawl.com/girls/phone/number/city/date/yesterday/18566195/a852764/ and just input your unique username, password, the name of your first crush, your neighbor's cell phone number, how many oyster's you've eaten in the past year and a half, and the girl's first and last name and you'll instantly be provided with her contact information, including phone number! What could be easier!

Fixxed. :D

enslaved1
11-26-2008, 03:13 PM
Aside from the solar technology, none of this sounds all that great to me.

If your Doc can map your predispositions to disease, why can't your insurer (or gov't) demand lifestyle compliance? I can imagine people being forced into various diet/exercise programs or being faced with withdrawal of services or punitive rates.

I read about ten times faster than I listen. I'm completely uninterested in accessing the Internet by voice or having even more software gate-keeping my information experience.

Who would want to wait in a dressing room while a clerk ran around the store gathering clothing for 5 or 10 people? Do adults really consult with their peers about clothing choices in a serious way? Do you really need to send every person you know a shot of your rear end in order to make a decision about which jeans to buy?

I don't want software to schedule my time. Software can't lie convincingly or blow off frivolous requests. Would I really want random conversations recorded? :eek:

I hate voice activated anything. I'm always yelling at the phone when I get "please say...." The concept of sitting at the computer and telling it what to do, or having another voice to listen to as it tells me the news of the day is irritating. Can you imagine saying "Check my email" and getting a voice back announcing the latest vocal viagra or "hook up with local singles" spam? Can't alt-tab your way out of that one.

Dressing room? Hold it up, does it go all the way across and down? Good to go. The advantages of being male. :p

And finally, the forgetting and medical crystal ball are both begging for exploitation by someone. Forget them both.

BadCat
11-26-2008, 03:17 PM
The "All Vocal CU Bulletin Board" is bound to be a real hoot.

Gingersnap
11-26-2008, 07:55 PM
The "All Vocal CU Bulletin Board" is bound to be a real hoot.

Like 'Chat' wasn't destructive enough. :p