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The five innovations that could change our lives

The five innovations that could change our lives

A computer that anticipates our desires, a tool to collect its own energy … Like every year, IBM has delivered his predictions in the areas of new technologies for the next five years.

How will the technology change our lives in the near future? Since 2006, computer manufacturer IBM reveals end of each year of the five areas of research that should have an impact in the new consumer technologies in the coming five years.

For this new edition of the “5 in 5”, IBM unveiled five new inventions, some worthy works of science fiction, others much more likely.

  • Biometrics replaces passwords

No need to invent and remember passwords whose reliability is far from absolute. For IBM, go to withdraw money to the distributor or visit their online banking account will soon be done simply through facial recognition, retinal and voice. “Every person has a unique biological identity, which can be converted into data. These biometric data, namely facial parameters, retinal scans and voice files will be combined with software to develop your unique online password DNA, “says IBM. Version 4 of Android already includes facial recognition to unlock a phone. But technology misfires: the software does not always know the difference between a face and a photo.

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  • The man may collect its own energy

“We can power our homes with energy that we produce ourselves via walking, jogging, cycling through the heat generated by our computers and even with the movement of water in our pipes,” says IBM . Current research tends to find a way to recover this wasted energy, stored in batteries and used to power electronic devices. In a few years, all of us could therefore carry with him a small device that will recover the energy produced by a bike ride, and then recharge the battery of his cell without outlet.

  • The computer will anticipate our desires

Currently, each of us is bombarded with often poorly targeted advertising emails, and tirelessly end in the trash of our inboxes. IBM believes that time is soon over. It will even be reversed soon. The technology will soon be able to analyze our preferences and tastes, and anticipate our needs.

IBM takes the example of a concert. Our computer or our phone knows thanks to the information we have shared online, we appreciate a band. Now it is visiting our city for several days. The technology will be able to automatically alert us to buy tickets at the opening of reservations, and, for one night on our agenda that is still free.

This invention would mark the culmination algorithms suggestions (“you should follow such a person” “this should interest you”) already in place, with varying degrees of success by Facebook or Twitter.

  • Communication between man and machine will be by the thought

What if you could call someone to think that our phone dials his number? For IBM, it will soon be possible. House engineers studying how to connect the human brain to computers and smartphones. “Scientists specialized in bioinformatics have created helmets with advanced sensors to decipher the electrical activity of the brain, recognizing facial expressions, the excitement and concentration levels or the thoughts of a person without it will physically execute any action, “says the manufacturer.

Machine control through thought is already a reality. Experiments have managed to move the cursor of a mouse, control a wheelchair, or change the TV channel through electrodes placed on the skull.

  • The end of the digital divide

“In five years, 80% of the current world population will own a mobile terminal. The development of this technology will reduce inequalities in access to information, “says IBM. The company has distributed in Indian villages phones allowing villagers to check the weather to know when to fertilize their crops, when doctors come to the village, or at what price they can sell their crops.

Some predictions made by IBM over the last five years have been just. In 2007, the manufacturer stated that “mobile phones will become our wallets, our tickets, our concierges, our bank, etc”. Smartphone can indeed now serve as concert tickets or train tickets soon and allow in our bank accounts. The first contactless payment testing began in France, while in several years, the Japanese use their phones to validate their transport ticket on the subway.

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