- "Citizen scientists" will collect real-time data about their environment using sensors in cars, phones or wallets, which can then be used by professional scientists for research.
- Holograms will become commonplace. People will be able to interact with far-away friends in 3D, using something as commonplace as a cellphone.
- Today's batteries will become obsolete. Cellphones may be powered by batteries that run on oxygen, and static or kinetic energy may eliminate batteries altogether for smaller devices.
- Instead of wasting the massive amounts of energy needed to cool them, computer and data centers will recycle the heat energy the machines generate, potentially helping to power cities.
- Adaptive traffic systems will personalize your commute, anticipating congestion and other issues to get you to work with a minimum of road rage.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The annual IBM's "Five in Five" forecasts five innovations likely to be developed in the next five years. This year's predictions are: