What will happen when smartphones disappear?

Sam Jo

Staff Writer

 

To this present day, the 21st century is considered one of the fastest developing centuries, especially when it comes to technology. Over the span of a few decades, the flip phones disappeared as fast as they emerged, the iPod was slowly forgotten and smartphones became the new laptops.

The technological progress in the smartphone industry has been unprecedented. Every year, an updated version of the previous model is presented to the public. As time passes, and as smartphones evolve, people become more reliant on their smartphones.

In the United States, 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone, according to the Pew research center, a nonpartisan research center.

In this day and age, people tend to idolize their smartphones, and use them for everyday tasks.

According to Social Media Today, “60 percent of social media spent is facilitated by a mobile device.”  

In light of this reality, a question to ask is whether the smartphone is going to remain leader of the mobile market, or what is going to be the next big step when it comes to developing smartphones or other electronic devices.

It would be hard to imagine that today’s citizens would be content with the actual smartphone, but consumers became so dependent on their smartphones that it is even harder to come up with something even more groundbreaking.

Based on the actual advancement, it wouldn’t be absurd to say that smartphones will be eventually replaced by other more sophisticated devices.

Although it seems the zenith of technology has been reached through smartphones, it could well be the case that science fiction artifacts seen in movies become true. An intriguing question arises then: what will happen when smartphones disappear?

The Japanese have successfully constructed a hologram device that is able to display a human-like figure in thin air, capable of communicating with people. The hologram can also perform simple tasks and understand context, just like any other human being.

It seems very likely that upon improving such various kinds of technology, smartphones will slowly vanish, since people will go for the smarter piece of technology, which won’t be the smartphone anymore.

That is to say, if artificial intelligence was to be implemented in an ingenious way, machines will be able to perform certain basic jobs, but also to adopt human behaviors. Now more than ever, robots and science fictions characters seem closer to our reality.

Tony Stark, the main character of the Iron Man movie possesses advanced machines and devices. From his virtual assistant Jarvis, who can converse exactly like a human, and levitating holograms that look like thin sheets of monitor screens, this world resembles our actual reality, with virtual personal assistants such as Siri.

However, combining holograms and artificial intelligence into one cohesive unit seems very likely to open up new dimensions which only existed in our imaginations.

Once this happens, even the smartphones that are today considered to be the ultimate, most-advanced pieces of technology can become redundant, and unnecessary. It is still unclear what, or who, the next successor of the smartphone will be.

A possibility might be that in a few decades, people will all carry a small ball, or chip, in their pockets that projects a hologram when taken out.

This will act as a new smartphone screen, and perhaps this small ball can include all the technologies we need. We already have watches that can send and receive emails, so why not something crazier?

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