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Mind-reading computers land on IBM?s annual list of technological innovations to watch for


IBM predicts computers will be able to read people’s minds in the next five years.

Homes will also run off ‘people energy’ and passwords will cease to exist, according to company’s 2011 ‘5 in 5’ report

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 technology.

?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.?Members 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 the crossroads.?

This year?s report marks the sixth ?5 in 5? forecast IBM has released.

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1 Comment

  1. The ability to think carefully and clearly, and to harness, focus, discipline, and train your mind, thought processes and techniques,along with mental stability, strength, and durability, free from unwarrantable unnecessary discursive indulgence, idle deviation, and
    timewasting out of context sentimentality, in a framework of strong and well rounded
    emotional and psychological balance and fortitude, is a quality that I am sure would have
    been very highly prized, valued, sought after, (and protected), everywhere in all camps,
    at all times, in any situation, and under any circumstances, (by thoes who have enough
    sence), form the very beginning of ‘our time’, and probably everything else.
    I don’t know about you, But I do and will continue to live in hope.
    I love you very much, as, and because Jesus does. God bless you.

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