December 23, 2010 By Lauren Katims Nadeau
Four years from now, you may be having conversations on your cell phone with a holographic image of the person who’s on the other end, according to IBM’s annual list of technological predictions for the next five years.
That’s just one far-out prediction from the company’s annual survey. Other ideas include batteries that rely on “energy-dense” metals that recharge when they interact with the air, and last 10 times longer than today’s lithium-ion technology; computer programs that can tell when and where traffic jams will take place; sensors in cars, wallets and personal devices that give scientists data about the environment; and cities powered by recycled heat generated by computer servers.
Each year, IBM surveys 3,000 researchers and looks to Silicon Valley in California for input on what five innovations will come to fruition.
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