I know this will probably be old news to some, but I also know that it will be new news to others. We all know the name IBM, and immediately think computers or something computer related, which is fine. If you are unfamiliar with IBM, you may not know their track record in technological and scientific innovation. IBM is a leader in the industry of technological and scientific advancements.
Recently, IBM has been developing tracking and sensory technology to remove congestion from major cities, making all of our lives more efficient and calm. That is just one project out of an incredibly long list of research and development projects in the works by IBM and fellow collaborators.
So, what I want to talk to you about is this special prediction game IBM does every year. The way it works is IBM analyzes the scientific and technological capabilities of the starting year, then they follow up with 5 predictions of future technological breakthroughs to be developed and released by the 5th year. So, the most recent prediction list was back in 2010, and we are nearing the 2012 mark as I am writing this.
Now that we have the basics covered, let’s get down to IBM’s ”5 in 5″ predictions.
Holographic Communication: Have you ever watched a Star Wars or Sci-Fi movie before? If you have, then chances are, you already can imagine a holographic projection of a person/place/thing. For those of you who are not entirely familiar with holograms or holographic projections, fear not, I will give you a simple example of what one might look like. Imagine yourself living in a distant location from a friend or loved one that you wish you could see in person. You could turn to the regular channels to do so (phone or webcam). But what if you could talk to them and actually see them clearly, as if they were with in your presence, and vice versa. That is basically what a holographic projection is; the image/person/place basically jumps out of your computer or cell phone screen and enlarges itself.
I can imagine the possibility of visiting my family and/or friends in America, while still sitting in the living-room of my house in Tokyo. I will have more of a sense that I am there with them. I could drink my cup of coffee and they could drink theirs, both of us never needing to meet face to face. This is what I am the most excited about.
The possibility of holographic chatting will be the next forward in global communication. You can conduct business meetings, teach a foreign language, or what ever your imagination can think up for possible uses of this technology.
Oxygen Powered Batteries: The world has been relying on insufficient batteries since who knows how long. We have not seen any dramatic changes in battery life, charges, power, perma-life, et cetera. We are long overdue for a new and improved battery, and not another battery with a different design and slight power/energy efficient boost.
Well, we have good news for everyone – IBM has been developing a battery that will run purely on oxygen. This will replace conventional batteries that you use for all types of electronic devices and such. The best part of the development is the possibility of infinite-life for batteries.
The way this will work is the battery will absorb static electrical impulses from the user and environment. So, in summary, batteries for small mobile devices will last forever, and all other batteries will have a much longer life before needing to be changed/charged again.
Idle CPU Heating: Whenever you use a computer, the computer pushes excess heat out to keep it’s systems cool and prevent any potential damage to the system. This is common for computer systems, and unfortunately the heat would go to waste. What IBM is working on is a system that will recycle the excess heat from computers and servers. By doing this, you will be able to heat rooms and or water, saving a person/company money for not having to heat an office with a furnace.
Adaptive Traffic Systems: What if you could find the best way to get to work with a guarantee of having little or no traffic in your way. Your lucky day is coming soon. IBM has been working tirelessly to get traffic pattern algorithms and preventive traffic systems fully functional. This will surpass any GPS system, because it offers the fastest possible route to get you to your target destination with no chance of being stuck in a traffic jam.
The way it works is that there will be sensors placed all over cities, highways, and roads, catching the live data about what is occurring in those general areas. So, if you start to leave home, and punch in your destination, it will update your directions in real-time, assuring your arrival early or on time. Furthermore, a surprise accident ahead will not slow you down, your ATS will alert you immediately with a new course to get you to where you need to go.
Synopsis: In conclusion to the “5 in 5″ predictions, you can expect the first 4 predictions without any hitch in schedule. Several reports from the technology and science industry show supportive evidence to prove how close we are to these breakthroughs. And the 5th prediction of ATS (Adaptive Traffic- Systems) development is probably the biggest challenge for IBM, because cities and people change, so the algorithmic patterns they collect are prone to change as well. Fortunately for us, IBM still has 3 more years to work on perfecting the system.