Additional ideas on the list included cities heated by excess heat from servers, advanced city traffic monitoring software which could predict traffic jams, batteries that "breathe" air, and environmental information sensors proliferating into cars and phones.
Josephine Cheng, a vice president at IBM’s Almaden lab in San Jose, CA, said:
“All this demonstrates a real culture of innovation at IBM and willingness to devote itself to solving some of the world’s biggest problems."Naturally, IBM doesn't hit the mark on all of its predictions. Take a look at IBM's first set of predictions, made in 2006:
- We will be able to access healthcare remotely, from just about anywhere in the world
- Real-time speech translation - once a vision only in science fiction - will become the norm
- There will be a 3-D Internet
- Technologies the size of a few atoms will address areas of environmental importance
- Our mobile phones will start to read our minds