After surveying the personal computer field over the past four decades, back to when Apple launched the PC industry, I think I have a handle on where the future is going, and it seems plausible and inevitable.
Think of it this way. Early personal computers were big and clunky and required knowledge of the command line to get anything done. Even early Apple computers were clumsy by comparison to today’s Macs. Speaking of Macs, the diminutive– much smaller– MacBook is technology packed with power. Did I mention it’s smaller?
Smaller Begets Smaller
Screen size not withstanding, look at the progression. Large, cumbersome computers with heavy displays and towers are the past; thin and light notebooks are the present. No. That’s the past, too. Today we have iPhone and Watch. iPhone itself (and iPad, if you like larger screens) is as powerful as most PC notebooks today.
Watch is an extension, an accessory to iPhone and it fits on the wrist. See where this is going?
Recently I read about Three Square Market and a plan to use embedded bio-chips which will allow employees to make purchases, open locked doors, login to computers, and use or unlock access to various devices.
Watch can do something similar by unlocking access to your Mac, much as iPhone allows proximity access, and both let you buy something with little more than a tap or wave of the hand (Watch attached, of course). What’s next? I have little doubt that Apple and augmented reality will advance from iPhone and Watch to glasses. Let’s call them Apple Glasses, as the company seems intent on removing iEverything from, well, everything.
The bio-chip implants from 32 Market use RFID chips and the company seems rather high on the future opportunities. CEO Todd Westby:
Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities
Think Apple Pay in your wrist, not on your wrist.
Does anyone doubt that Apple is working on such bio-chip implants for future devices? Instead of walking into the Apple Store and meeting up with an Apple Genius, we could set an appointment for an Apple Nurse and get the latest implant, uh, well, implanted and that would connect to our iPhone, Watch, iPad, Glasses, and Mac to perform specific functions.
Don’t laugh. This kind of change is here already and more is coming; probably more rapidly than we realize.
My worry is security and the body’s ability to reject foreign objects (and the probably that a Samsung Galaxy Bio-Chip will heat up and explode while inside someone’s wrist). RFID uses NFC– near field communications– to receive and transmit data. That means credit card numbers, bank information, username and login, and entry to secure buildings could be embedded into your bio-chip.
For now, such embedded devices probably are not mandatory, mostly used as tests, but government spies might disagree with my consideration here. Let us hope that an Apple-branded bio-chip implant is an option, not a requirement from a government mandated security measure to thwart terrorists, hackers, criminals, and politicians who lie.
What got me to consider Apple and bio-chip implants was an interesting article from Evgeny Chereshnev on Kaspersky Lab Daily. The title is horrible, but the question is great:
What purpose does this biochip serve?
And, of course, for whom?