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Security conference offers weird, woeful predictions

The good news: By 2010, computers should match the human brain in processing power. The bad news: By decade’s end, wireless-based viruses, hacking and security breaches will be a major headache for IT administrators. These forecasts were made earlier this week by IBM and Symantec Corp., respectively, at the 15th annual Canadian IT Security Symposium hosted by the Communications Security Establishment (CSE). IBM Research’s John Heidenreich dazzled delegates with his company’s view of the future. After opening with a list of past failed predictions — like Bill Gates’ 1981 quip that “640K ought to be enough for anybody” — he detailed “the changes we believe will come to pass.” First, “the message in technology is a simple one: faster, better, cheaper,” Heidenreich said. And by the time “silicon runs out of steam,” molecular-based nanotechnology will take its place, he said. “My guess is that you will start to see machines built using nanotechnology by the end of this decade,” Heidenreich said. Full Story

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