IT & Network Infrastructure : IBM's Top 5 Technologies for the Next 5 Years: An Illustrated Tour

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-12-20 Print this article Print
People Power Will Come to Life

People Power Will Come to Life

IBM Research is leading a pilot program alongside Swiss utility provider EKZ that will enable consumers to charge their electric vehicles and monitor energy costs using a small device and a Web-based application that can run on most smartphones, tablets and Web browsers. Also, a group of academics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a report on parasitic power collection-for example, the concept of collecting power from the motion of humans walking.
IBM has released its latest annual "IBM 5 in 5" list of five innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during the next five years. This IBM 5 in 5 list is based on market and societal trends as well as emerging technologies from IBM's research labs around the world that can make these transformations possible. The list consists of these five findings: People power will come to life, people will never need a password again, mind reading is no longer science fiction, the digital divide will cease to exist, and junk mail will become priority mail. In a post on IBM's "A Smarter Planet blog, IBM strategist and writer Steve Hamm said the Next 5 in 5 initiative got its start in an IBM Innovation Jam in 2006. "The seed goal was to get the entire company thinking about grand challenges, he said, adding that Bernard Meyerson, vice president of innovation at IBM, "says the most useful thing about the process is that it requires IBMers to think holistically about innovation. They can't consider science and technology in a vacuum. They also have to think deeply about social trends, market conditions, the willingness of people to pay for cutting-edge technologies. That's the kind of thinking that can transform inventions into high-impact innovations.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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