By Paula Gulak,
Located in the Innsbrook Corporate Center
Top 5 Tech Trends for Next 5 Years
I love the technology world – it is an industry that is overflowing with positive
energy. Each year, every think tank and "big player" boldly steps forward and lays out its thoughts about what the world will look like in the next three to five years.
So, now it is 2012 – let's look toward 2015, 2016, 2017.
IBM just released its annual list of five tech trends for the next five years. IBM calls the list "innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live
Even though the phrase has been used before….think Cisco, think Apple, think social media, IBM's tech trends are pretty interesting.
Quoting from a Dec. 19, 2011 article written by Chris Ciaccia in The Street, the five big tech ideas which IBM believes will impact our lives within 3-5 years are:
1. People power will come to life. IBM believes that capturing kinetic energy from doing any number of activities will eventually be used to solve energy
2. One will never use a password again. IBM predicts that biometric data -- which uses facial recognition, retinal scans and voice files -- will replace the need for passwords. What makes you different from everyone else -- your voice, eyes, etc -- will be used to safeguard your identity online.
3. Mind reading will come to life. IBM says scientists are working on headsets that have sensors with the ability to read brain activity and recognize facial expressions. This would not only be used in gaming and entertainment but
also could potentially help people with speech problems.
4. The digital divide will disappear. As mobile technology (think cell phones) becomes more prevalent, even the poorest people around the globe will have the same access to information as the wealthiest.
5. Spam mail becomes priority. Spam as we know it is dead. IBM says spam email will be so personalized that
unwanted advertisements may wind up being personalized and more relevant to daily life.
In December, Cisco Systems released its first global cloud index. Cisco's index is built on a series of predictions on the growth of global data centers and cloud-based IP traffic.
Since 2008, most Internet traffic has originated or terminated in a data center.
Data center traffic will continue to dominate Internet traffic, but the nature of data center traffic will undergo a fundamental transformation brought about by cloud applications, services, and infrastructure. By 2015, the index predicts one-third of data center traffic will be cloud traffic.
Gartner released its 2012 predictions in early December. Of the 11 (yes, an odd number) the ones that particularly stood out were: "In 2013, the investment bubble will burst for consumer social networks, and for enterprise social software companies in 2014.
By 2014, 20 percent of Asia-sourced finished goods and assemblies consumed in the U.S. will shift to the Americas. By 2015, the prices for 80 percent of cloud services will include a global energy surcharge. By 2015, mobile application development projects targeting smartphones and tablets will outnumber native PC projects by a ratio of 4-to-1. And, by 2015, 35 percent of enterprise IT expenditures for most organizations will be managed outside the IT department's budget."
So, how many of you think these guys may be on to something?