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Intel Fellow Talks '7 Billion Futures' of Mobile Technology

Genevieve Bell Attributes Mobile Tech to Human Desires

Intel fellow and anthropologist Genevieve Bell told attendees of the Intel Developer Forum Thursday that the future of mobile technology is dependent on new technologies and the desires and population growth of human beings.

Bell said that the industry is shaping "7 billion futures and counting"  as these factors grow and computing technology continues to shrink to to Moore's Law which states that transistors on an integrated circuit doubles in every two years, Intel said Thursday.

She said that Intel data gathered from 250,000 interviews from 45 countries show that mobile customers want a mobility technology that will be personal, more user-friendly, increase self-awareness and help in self-improvement.

During the event, Intel and its partners from Berlin's Institute for Reliability and Microintegration demonstration a stretchable "smart clothing" technology embedded in a cyclist's jacket.

That technology works to flash bright red lights when the rider would brake his bike and Bell said this type of technology demonstrates all the four global themes identified during the interviews.

Bell also sees a future in mobile technology that will create a personalized mobile experience through context clues, such as a person's walking pattern, instead of today's facts and patterns-based personalization technology.

Furthermore, Bell said that context-awareness will help improve security and personal convenience on mobile devices.

Additionally, Mike Bell, Intel's New Devices Group vice president, said that the company also foresees mobile technology that will depend and consume lower power.

"Only then can technology be truly personal and embedded into the places and spaces we inhabit and move through," Mike Bell said.

Finally, Peter Biddle, Intel Cloud Services general manager, demonstrated a research concept for a cloud service intended to show users the security of their personal data across all their devices and social networks.

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