You will never need a password again. Your biological makeup is the key to your individual identity, and soon, it will become the key to safeguarding it. You will no longer need to create, track or remember multiple passwords for various logins. Imagine being able to walk up to an ATM machine to securely withdraw money by simply speaking your name or looking into a tiny sensor that can recognize the unique patterns in the retina of your eye. Or by doing the same, you can check your account balance on your mobile phone or tablet. Each person has a unique biological identity and behind all that is data. Biometric data – facial definitions, retina scans and voice files – will be composited through software to build your DNA unique online password. Referred to as multi-factor biometrics, smarter systems will be able to aggregate this information in real-time to make sure whenever someone is attempting to access your information, it matches your unique biometric profile and it is authentic. As always, you’ll be able to opt in or out of whatever information you choose to provide.
Recently, IBM unveiled the sixth annual “IBM 5 in 5" (#ibm5in5) — a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during the next five years. The list is based on market and societal trends as well as emerging technologies from IBM’s research labs around the world that can make these transformations possible.