What is the next level of mobile technology after the smartphone?

Mudassir Ali
Feb 07, 2020 08:27 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 07, 2020 08:27 AM

Originally Answered: What will come next after smartphones?
Brain implants and/or ambient computing.

By ambient computing, I mean a world where you can be on a walk in the woods with your good friend, miles from any buildings or other people, stop and ask, “Alexa, what kind of tree is that?” and expect an answer.

So, basically, we’d all be living inside one massive computer. The Internet will never be more than one ‘wake word’ away. And we’ll likely have access to augmented reality displays so that we can call up images and not just audio, either built into the surroundings or into something small we carry on our persons (like eyeglasses).

And with that, of course, comes the potential for 24/7/365 surveillance. Everything will have an IP address and information associated with it; somewhere in the cloud there will be a tally of every device you’ve ever interacted with, where you did it, and what you did.

I say ‘potential’ because for 99.99 percent of us, no one will effin care who we are, where we are, or what we do. Unless we decide to make trouble, and then… who knows? Our social goodness scores may decline, and suddenly our dating profiles get less love from the search engines and we can’t get good theater tickets any more. Or we’re disappeared into some oubliette devised by our not-so-benevolent overlords.

Hopefully I will be dead before all of that happens.

(Sorry, I’m in an apocalyptic mood this morning. It might pass.)

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