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Un article qui fait prendre conscience du potentiel de croissance quasi illimité du secteur technologique pour encore bien des années...!
Mind-reading technology will be more than just a super power
featured in science fiction tales if IBM’s latest prediction comes true.
The computer giant released its “5 in 5” list for 2011, an annual
report of the biggest tech advances it plans for the next five years —
and one of those is to make a computer that can read someone’s mind.
“From Houdini to Skywalker to X-Men, mind-reading has merely been
wishful thinking for science fiction fans for decades, but their wish
may soon come true,” an IBM spokesperson said in a video that
accompanied the report.
The company’s researchers are studying how to link a person’s brain
to a device like a smartphone or laptop, “so you would just need to
think about calling someone, and it happens,” IBM says.
Also on tap are homes that run solely off “created energy,” which comes from anything that moves.
IBM calls this concept “people power,” and says an entire home,
workplace, even a city, will eventually be able to run off of energy
created by someone’s jogging motions, the pedaling of a bicycle, or the
movement of water through a faucet.
The company also predicts
that passwords will cease to exist, too, being replaced by biometric
data like retinal scans and voice files.
“Your biological makeup
is the key to your individual identity, and soon it will become the key
to safeguarding it,” IBM stated.
“You’ll be able to walk up to an ATM machine to withdraw money by speaking your name or looking into the camera.”
IBM also said that junk mail will become priority mail, as computers
learn to better absorb a user’s likes and dislikes, and filter that into
spam someone might actually read.
“Imagine your phone knowing
that your favorite band is coming to town, and to put tickets on hold
for you to purchase,” said IBM. “Or that a snowstorm is about to affect
your travel plans and you should reroute your plane tickets.”
Within five years, the forecast will affect the entire world, IBM
insists, as the current digital divide fades away, thanks to mobile
“It’s cheaper to have a cell phone than [to] open a
bank account or buy a laptop, and because of this communities are able
to achieve much more than they have before,” says IBM.
of a village could check weather reports for when to fertilize crops, or
know when doctors were coming into town instead of having to wait at
This year’s report marks the sixth “5 in 5” forecast IBM has released.