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Futurephile: Knowledge Embedded in Everything

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The day will come when everyone will wear glasses with a computer overlay capable of processing the faces of passersby and tell wearers if they have met someone before, where the person was met, and his or her name, predicts IBM inventor Andy Stanford-Clark.

By 2012, he expects businesses will operate more on alerts for everything, including when a product is running low, and by 2020 software will enable computer systems to perform less processing and consume less energy.

In the public sector, open source software will gain traction by 2012, and by 2020 government agencies will be able to provide information to citizens in a more cohesive and connected manner.

As for individuals, ambient technology will tell them that, say, the next bus will arrive in two minutes, and in 10 years intelligent systems will control the flow of traffic and give drivers more clear runs of green lights.

Stanford-Clark expects that networking will focus more on ubiquity, and more real-world data to the virtual world will enable them to overlap. Moreover, he says, "If you want a pizza, you will tap a number into a machine, pour in some particles, and press a button."

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