Smartphones as we know them will be dead in five years


Right now, we use the phones to send messages, make calls, browse the web and watch things. That’s still going to be the case but the real innovation in the future is going to come from software and a large part of that is about making our devices smarter and more personal. The move is underway and artificial intelligence (AI) assistants such as Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant will be at the heart of that.

More than one in four people (21.6 percent) use voice search on their devices at least once a day, while 26.7 percent use it at least once a week, according to a survey of 2,000 U.S. mobile phone users done in January by website consultancy firm HigherVisibility. Nearly 29 percent never use a voice assistant. But the potential here could be huge… More at CNBC.

I’m far from convinced that we will be speaking to our phones the majority of the time, but I guess it is possible.

4 thoughts on “Smartphones as we know them will be dead in five years

  1. This may be a generational thing. I wonder how many of the people using voice are under 25. We older (cough, cough) folks may feel a bit strange talking to our phones, computers, or watches, even though Dick Tracy and Jim Kirk should have made it natural. About the only time I use voice is when I’m driving and have to make a phone call.

  2. I wonder what it would take to get the damn things more reliable. Are the youth just more tolerant of the crap recognition?

    Read the first chapter of this sci-fi story for an interesting, if creepy, extrapolation of all-audio interfaces, especially as “middle management”…
    (Decent story overall, interesting how slim the line is between welfare/corporate dictatorship and libertarian paradise would be.)

    1. @Kirk Interesting premise but very believable. And if it started as a person manager in your ear, it could easily transition into an AI. I wonder if knowing it was an AI would make it easier to just follow orders. Think I’ll read the rest of it. Thanks.

  3. I keep trying voice recognition, because the idea seems… neat. (Yep, I said “neat!”) But it just doesn’t work for me. Instead of getting frustrated, I prefer just to tap around. Let me know when it actually works! 😉

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