Prediction: Death of the Smartphone

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Prediction: Death of the Smartphone

Status: Occurring

“In less than 50 years, that data will feed directly into your brain, in a bloodless, phoneless experience. Until then, facts will continue getting closer and closer to your brain. Storing them inside your brain will seem as odd as wheeling all your possessions around in a shopping cart everywhere you go”

Econovation, 2011 (p 131).

What Happened

This will take a while, but the seeds for eliminating the friction of phones to get us the info we want are already visible:

  1. Rise of Alexa and other voice assistants, just say out loud what you want and it arrives digitally or physically (that distance will decrease, too)
  2. Augmented reality glasses and other devices are picking up lots of investment. Only a matter of time before the right form factor and style, eliminates many of the functions phones do.
  3. Smartwatches and fitness trackers are siphoning away some of the functionality phones used to provide.
  4. Cars have integrated voice assistance that reduces phone-dependence – or uses the phone as the “brain” of a phone-less experience.
  5. Elon Musk and others investing in a brain-connected “neural lace” to get the info we want directly into our heads.

More here: The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy, Mar 2017

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