Entries with tag technology forecasts.

Researchers: Wireless-Cloud Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions Will Be Huge

Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications researchers have forecast that global wireless-cloud access will generate as much carbon dioxide as 4.9 million cars by 2015. CEET estimates that Wi-Fi, 3G, and long-term evolution (LTE) services will use up to 43 terawatt-hours of energy in 2015, compared to just 9.2 TWh in 2012. This is an increase of 367 percent and is based on estimates that cloud users will transfer 23 exabytes (1018 bytes) of data per month by 2015. The Australia-based CEET is a partnership between the University of Melbourne, Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs, and the Victorian state government. (ZDNet)(Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications)

IBM: Computing Moves to Cognitive Technologies within Five Years

In its annual “5 in 5” list, IBM expects computers able to see, hear, taste, smell, and touch to be developed in five years. By mimicking the sensing ability of humans, says IBM, cognitive computers will be able to help humans better understand the world and do so more deeply. These computers will be able to program themselves and adapt over time. They will also be able to take a vast array of data input, such as text and video.  The company says there is a vast difference between cognitive computing and artificial intelligence, adding that cognitive computing is designed as an assistive technology, designed to respond to humans and eliminating the need for programming. “[B]y providing a human-style of input, it’s freed us from the task of programming and moved to the task of training. It simply has -- not more intelligence -- but more bandwidth, and there’s a huge difference between the two,” Bernard Meyerson, the company’s chief innovation office, told Mashable. (Mashable)(PC Mag)(IBM – Building a Smarter Planet Blog)

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