Smartphones have been so successful that new technologies may not be able to replace them.
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I'm going to ask an intentionally provocative question: what if smartphones were so efficient and useful that they hinder innovation?
Technologists are now imagining what could be the next big thing. But there may never be anything other than the smartphone, the first and maybe the last free computer.nd public and transformer on a global scale.
I might end up looking like a futuristic 19th century who couldn't imagine that horses would be replaced by cars. But let me make the point that the smartphone phenomenon may never happen again.
First, when tech people imagine the future , they're implicitly betting that smartphones will be displaced as the center of our digital lives by less obvious things - not slabs that take us away from our world, but technologies that are almost indistinguishable from the air we breathe. .
Virtual reality glasses are now cumbersome trouble, but the being It 's this technology like VR or computers that can "learn" as people will eventually blur the line between online and real life, and between online and real life. human and computer, to the point of erasing it. This is the vision behind the“ verse ”, a broad view that virtual human interactions will be as complex as reality.
Maybe you I think more immersive and more human tech sounds intriguing, or maybe they look like crazy woo-woo dreams. (Or maybe a little of both.) Either way, technologists have to prove to us that the future they imagine is more compelling and useful than the digital life we already have thanks to supercomputers. magic in our pockets.
The all-new challengetechnology is that smartphones have succeeded to the point that it is difficult to imagine any alternatives. In a sales boom that lasted for about a decade, devices have gone from being new to wealthy nerds to the only computer billions of people around the world have ever owned. Smartphones have succeeded to the point where we no need to give them much notice . (Yes, this includes the gradually updated iPhone models which Apple discussed on Tuesday.)
The allure of these devices in our lives and in the imaginations of technologists is so powerful that any new technology must now exist almost in opposition to the smartphone.
When my colleague Mike Isaac tried New model of Facebook glasses that can take photos with a simple tap on the temple, a company executive told him: "N Isn't that better than having to pull out your phone and hold it in front of your face every time you want to capture a moment? "
I understand the executive's point of view. It is true that devices like the Apple Watch, Facebook glasses, and Snap glasses are smart to make smartphone functionality less intrusive. Companies including Facebook, Snap and Apple is also working on glasses which, like the failed Google Glass, aim to combine digital information such as maps with what we see around us.
The comment also shows that any new consumer technology will have to answer the inevitable questions: Why should I buy another gadget for taking pictures, flipping through bike routes or listening to music while I can do most of this with the smartphone that's already in my pocket? Do I live in the verse when I have a similar experience in the rectangular screen of my phone?
Smartphones are probably not the apotheosis of technology, and I am curious to see the development of technologies that do away. But at least for now, and perhaps forever, most of the technology in our lifee daily are additions to our phones rather than replacements. These little computers may be so handy that there will never be a post-martphone revolution.
Before you go…
Should you buy a new phone now? In a recent column, my colleague Brian X. Chen went through the questions to ask if you are thinking of swap your smartphone for a new model : can you fix what makes your phone rather boring than replacing it? Can you still get software updates with the existing model? How does a new telephoneWould it change your life?
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