Security conference features weird and woeful predictions

Thursday, 22 May 2003, 11:17 AM EST

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 by IBM Corp. and Symantec Corp. respectively at the 15th annual Canadian IT Security Symposium earlier this week. It was hosted at the Ottawa Congress Centre by the Communications Security Establishment (CSE).

IBM Research’s John Heidenreich dazzled delegates with Big Blue’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" — Heidenreich resolutely detailed "the changes we believe will come to pass."

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