Just about ten years ago, your mobile phone was only used to talk and send text messages. Fast forward to present day and the only thing your phone can’t do is your laundry or make you breakfast. That’s how much things have advanced in just a decade. Phones are getting ever more powerful and complex as we speak. In fact, most phones today are more buffed than my old computer. Where are we going with this? Is your phone going to become your lifetime companion? Virtual assistants like Siri are getting ever more sophisticated, as attested by Motorola‘s latest phone Moto X. The phone listens to you and responds to your voice when you use a key-phrase. With one sentence you can check your email, ask about the weather, look for the nearest gas station and operate your phone in any way, shape or form you see fit without even touching it. Although Moto X is giving us a glimpse of the future, I think this is just the beginning.
Smartphones will one day become truly smart by simulating some level of primitive intelligence. The AI of your phone will be programmed based on what you’re doing with it and will be designed to assist you in the best way possible. Google are already employing such techniques into developing their algorithms (Panda, for example, learns from the way human testers rate content in order to do the same) so I think some time in the not-too distant future your phone will be able to remind you to watch your cholesterol levels and call your doctor because you’re eating burgers again even though he specifically told you not to. Uh, what a nightmarish world it would be. It’s one thing to explain to your wife what you’ve been doing all night and where you’ve been, and another altogether justifying your actions to a piece of technology. Jokes aside, when smart phones become truly smart, they will be much easier to operate since they will follow your basic patterns. Furthermore, every phone will be truly unique and the phrase “virtual assistant” will receive a whole new meaning and level of depth.
This technology is already here but it’s hard to incorporate. However, some time in the future it would probably become the preferred manufacturing method so worrying about dropping and breaking your smartphone will be a thing of the past. Flexible displays will probably enable us to carry much bigger screens in our pockets since they will take up less space or maybe we will be able to transport several extensions. All of this is to say that your smartphone will be bigger, faster and easier to operate, making your laptop obsolete. Of course, there will still be a core somewhere, probably, as not everything can be made flexible (yet) but with wireless connections it doesn’t really matter where that core will be so won’t be limited from display space ever again.
Universal Remote Control
Let’s face it – in a world where your phone tells you’ve had too much to drink and calls your driverless car to get you home, probably your house won’t be too far behind. I mean, there are smart houses right now and it’s just a matter of time before most us can afford living in homes with intricate inner networks where you can turn on your coffee maker fifteen minutes before you get home. When that happens, your phone will become the universal remote control. You will be able to manage your home from the office and always make sure that you’ve turned everything off. Of course, the downside will be that the house might call to ask you were you are at 4 AM, but hey – it will be an interesting time to live in. That’s when your phone will be able to do your laundry, make you breakfast and help you manage every aspect of your life.