[AI] 5 innovations that will change our lives!

RACHNA NARANG rachnanarang at gmail.com
Tue May 1 08:20:56 CDT 2007

On 5/1/07, Sweety Bhalla <sweety.bhalla at ifciltd.com> wrote:
> 5 innovations that will change our lives!
> International Business Machines, the multinational computer technology
> giant, on Monday unveiled the 'IBM Next Five in Five' study, which is its
> view on
> five innovations that have the potential of changing the way people the
> world over work, live and play over the next five years.
> The list is based on market / societal trends (expected to transform
> people's lives) and also on emerging technologies from IBM's Labs around the
> world
> that could make these innovations possible.
> Usually it is the adults who teach the kids. But IBM scientists and business
> consultants say that some of today's most popular pastimes from teens to
> post-graduates
> are on course to changing the way people will communicate, shop and work.
> Who would have thought that IM chats, text messages and video games would
> change
> the world. . . for adults!
> 'IBM's Next Five in Five' indicates that technology developed primarily as
> 'playthings' for teenagers is set to radically alter the workday world for
> their
> parents. It is likely that in five years, adults will be sitting down at
> their desks and working with 3D Internet programmes that look more like
> PlayStation
> games than spreadsheets. Your mother's mobile phone will use new IM
> technology that will ping her about special sales at Big Bazaar as she's
> driving by
> the store or strolling through the mall.
> "Our researchers are focussed on the application of technologies in ways
> that matter to people, business and society," said Daniel Dias, director of
> IBM's
> India Research Laboratory. "Open collaborative research and real-world
> innovations are going to shape the future. In the next five years, our lives
> will
> change through technology innovations in the following ways," he said in a
> statement.
> The five innovations that will change people's lives over the next five
> years are:
> 1. We will be able to access healthcare remotely, from just about anywhere
> in the world: Millions of people with chronic health problems such as
> diabetes,
> heart, kidney or circulatory problems will be able to have their conditions
> automatically monitored as they go about their daily lives. Device makers
> and
> healthcare professionals will take a proactive approach to ongoing, remote
> monitoring of patients, delivered through sensors in the home, worn on the
> person
> or in devices and packaging.
> These advances will also allow patients to better monitor their own health
> and help clinicians provide the on-going preventive care regardless of a
> person's
> location. Hardware and software advances in the field of remote-control
> healthcare will be a major source of consumer and enterprise innovation by
> 2012.
> 2. Mobile phones will start to read our minds: Advanced 'presence'
> technology will give mobile phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants)
> the ability
> to automatically learn about their users' whereabouts and preferences as
> they commute, work and travel. 'Presence' technology -- used in instant
> messaging
> -- already makes it possible to locate and identify a user as soon as the
> user connects to the network.
> In five years, all sorts of mobile devices will have the ability to
> continually learn about and adapt to your preferences and needs. Your phone
> will know
> when you're in class or in a meeting and divert automatically to voicemail.
> Your favourite pizza joint will know when you're on your way home after a
> late
> night and ping you with a special-price, take-home meal just for you.
> 3. Real-time speech translation -- once a vision only in sci-fi -- will
> become the norm: The movement towards globalisation needs to take into
> account basic
> human elements, such as differences in language.
> For example, IBM speech innovations are already allowing media companies to
> monitor Chinese and Arabic news broadcasts over the Web in English,
> travellers
> using PDAs to translate menus in Japanese, and doctors to communicate with
> patients in Spanish.
> Real-time translation technologies and services will be embedded into mobile
> phones, handheld devices and cars. These services will pervade every part of
> business and society, eliminating the language barrier in the global economy
> and social interaction.
> 4. There will be a 3-D Internet: The popular online immersive destinations,
> such as Second Life and the World of Warcraft, will evolve into the 3-D
> Internet,
> much like the early work by the likes of Darpa, AOL and Prodigy evolved into
> the World Wide Web.
> In this immersive online world, you will walk the aisles of supermarkets,
> bookstores and DVD shops, where you'll encounter experts you'd rarely find
> in
> your local store. The 3-D Internet will enable new kinds of education,
> remote medicine and consumer experiences, transforming how we interact with
> our
> friends, family, doctors, teachers, favourite stores, et cetera.
> 5. New technologies the size of a few atoms will address areas of
> environmental importance: Governments and companies are increasingly trying
> to improve
> environmental stewardship and secure reliable and cost-effective resources
> like water, energy, etc. Information technology, materials science, and
> physics
> will help meet environmental needs.
> Nanotechnology -- the ability to manipulate individual atoms and molecules
> to form tiny new structures -- has already had a major impact on
> microprocessors,
> making electronic products like PCs and mobile phones smaller, better and
> cheaper.
> In coming years, nanotechnology will likely be used for water filtration.
> This could advance ecology and conservation, helping to address the growing
> worldwide
> shortage of potable water supplies. Other areas where IT, physics, and
> material science will have a big impact are advanced water modeling and
> improving
> solar power systems.
> These five innovations were selected based on projects from the brains in
> IBM's Research labs, business research conducted by IBM's business
> think-tank,
> and ideas pooled from more than 150,000 people from 104 countries, including
> IBM employees, their family members, universities, business partners and
> customers
> from 67 countries, during a recent online brainstorm called 'IBM
> InnovationJam.'
> (Sweety Bhalla)
> Mobile # 9868300466, 9818132488
> E-Mail sweety.bhalla at ifciltd.com
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