Yes, friends and neighbors, boys and girls, guys and dolls, Apple’s iPhone is on its last legs and will be a footnote in history by 2021, a mere five years or so from now. What will take the iPhone’s place in our pockets? Who says we’ll have pockets? The iPhone’s greatest competition is here already, growing fast, and will eliminate our favorite smartphone by 2021. Says who?
Surveys Don’t Lie
Sweden’s Ericsson was once a major player in smartphones so we need to take any research the company does regarding Apple’s iPhone with a grain of salt, but surveys don’t lie. The company’s ConsumerLab conducted a survey of more than 100,000 customers and they think smartphones will be history in five years.
Well, half of them think that. The other half think evolving technologies, in whatever form, will let us enhance our leisure time, watch sports from different places throughout the world, and shop remotely with virtual reality devices.
You know, like smartphones do now.
What do the half that think the iPhone will be passé in five years think will replace it? Artificial intelligence. That’s right. If they are correct in the predictions, iPhone will be replaced by artificial intelligence. You know, like Siri with a smug attitude. And Siri won’t need an iPhone. She will communicate to us and listen to us from, uh, um, well, the cloud. Yeah. That’s it. The cloud.
Artificial intelligence and virtual reality will be our new overlords, and that means new home devices and networks that talk to each other, ostensibly to us but I’m guessing they’ll talk about us, too, perhaps informing us that we’ve become a nuisance to the planet and the new world order; an infestation that needs to be sterilized. But I digress.
The real issue here is whether a survey of people who use technology today should be the arbiters and prognosticators of the technology we’ll use in the future. For example, recent research found that half those surveyed thought bad weather could interfere with cloud computing. 11-percent of those in another survey thought HTML was a sexually transmitted disease.
Wait. It gets worse.
This sampling is just of Americans so it’s likely the rest of the world is not quite so uninformed, but another survey found that 27-percent of respondents said gigabyte is a common insect in South America. 23-percent thought an MP3 was a Star Wars robot (R2D2, CP3O, BB8). Another 18-percent said a Blu-ray is a marine animal and has nothing to do with DVDs and movies.
Guess what? 61-percent of those polled said it’s important to have good knowledge of technology today. I know, right?
I’m not one to peer too far down the calendar and whether or not your iPhone will be replaced with cloud-based artificial intelligence remains to be seen, however, I can think of some places where artificial intelligence could easily replace human intelligence. We could start with voters, then Congress, and, after that, well, let’s just see how it goes there first.