IBM Next 5 in 5: 2011

  • People produce energy
  • One password tied to your identity
  • Mind Reading
  • Digital Unity through mobile
  • Spam email to become relevant 

Listed above are the 5 digital developments forecasted by IBM over the next 5 years.  I crossed two off.

We just got Siri, which is tech’s attempt to turn our wireless thoughts into handless actions.  Plugging technology to the brain so all you do is think into action is still Hollywood, not to mention an incredible health risk.

Receiving consistent relevant email will still take some type of manual curation.  Ads have become somewhat more relevant and people still never click those.

However, I do think natural energy, one password, and a thinning digital divide will occur because these are incipient trends today.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.