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Your computer will read your mind. No kidding.

by Patt Morrison

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Barbara Amburgey uses the Iris Acces system to enter New Egypt Elementary School May 1, 2003 in New Egypt, New Jersey. William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

On December 19, 2011, IBM unveiled its sixth annual “5 in 5” list, or five innovations that will change our lives within five years. What should you expect by 2016? Mind-reading, an end to junk mail, and (finally!) a farewell to the clumsy password system.

That is to say, expect to provide biometric data (retinal scans, etc) instead of your mother’s maiden name or daughter’s birthday; expect the precision of your spam filters to increase; and expect computers and smart phones to read your brainwaves through bioinformatics—meaning they’ll call dad when you think “call dad.” Plus, kinetic energy-powered households and a much narrower gap between the digital “haves” and the digital “have nots,” thanks to improvements in mobile phone technology.


Do you have a prediction that didn’t make the list? A fear or hope about a technology that did? Join us with your input!


Bernie Meyerson, research fellow and vice president for innovation at IBM

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