IBM: 5 years from now, you’ll be able to touch through your phone

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2012

At the end of every year, IBM Research publishes its annual  “5 in 5″, basically a list of five technologies that computer scientists believe will make the most impact in the next five years. Some of the past predictions that came true include a 2006 notion that we’d be bale to access healthcare remotely and use real-time speech translation. More often than not, however, these technology picks are merely entertaining guidelines and food for thought.

In the 2012 edition, IBM’s research arm calls for smartphones and computers with a sense of touch unlike any you’ve experienced before. Our gizmos will understand images and be more aware of their surroundings while providing a wide range of output via sensory and cognitive technologies, enabling, for example, the smell or taste of food.

With all due respect to current technology, our computers today are just large calculators”, IBM’s CTO of Telcom Research Paul Bloom says in the above clip. So, 2017 should be all about cognitive computing. Included after the break: five videos highlighting these interesting predictions… Read More

 

Another anti-IBM footage unearthed, featuring Jobs cameo in ‘Ghostbusters’ spoof

By Christian Zibreg on May 10, 2012

Remember Apple’s ’1994′ corporate video with Jobs impersonating Franklin Delano Roosevelt we told you about last week? Apparently, not everyone liked it so here’s a different one from the depths of the web archives, also sporting brief Jobs cameo appearance.

Just like the ’1994′ clip, it’s aimed squarely at Apple’s arch-enemy in the early days, the almighty IBM. Dubbed ‘Blue Busters’ and dating back to 1984, this four-minute footage was shown at the same worldwide sales staff meeting in Hawaii in October 1984 like the ’1994′ clip… Read More

 

This is Where Your iPhone is Made.

By Guest Author on Sep 12, 2010

The way we think of our electronic gear is amazing. We all want the latest and greatest as soon as possible and certainly as cheap as can be. However in order to get that accomplished it just so happens to take some unusually disturbing realities that some people call life.

I’m not holier than thou, in fact I own multiple devices from the very factory of focus here. Business Week took a visit of the place where our iPhones are built. They wanted to see how Foxconn headquarters were doing after their unpleasant suicide issue.  Read More