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					Future Smartphones 2013
Think your smartphone is powerful now? Wait until the year 2050, when
Apple will have faded into oblivion (most major tech companies can last
barely 30 years). Your phone will be paper thin and charge wirelessly.
You’ll probably project a high-def screen onto a wall when you want a
bigger screen, since laptops will have become relics. But the truly
impressive innovations will go far beyond these well-known predictions.
Super-smart AI will make your phone even more powerful for business. Here
are my predictions for what phones will do:




Forecasting the technological future is tricky at best. Back in the
1980s, the thought of carrying around a small, portable phone seemed to
belong in the realm of science fiction. Then in the 1990s, imagining a
phone that would allow you to browse the World Wide Web — something that
didn’t even exist until 1990 — was outlandish. Today, smartphones can
surf the Web, run applications, play games and those with anear field
communication (NFC) chip can act as a transaction method for purchases.
Oh, and they can stillmake phone calls too.

So what will phones look like in 2050? Based upon phone customer
behavior, I imagine the future phoneswill rely more on integrating our
physical lives with our digital lives. They probably won’t resemble the
handsets we’re used to now. They’ll be built into other devices and
products. Imagine a pair of glasses that can display a digital overlay on
top of your physical surroundings.


I don’t think video chat is taking off despite services like Skype and
FaceTime. Rather, the trend seems to be toward asynchronous
communication. That means the two or more people in a conversation
complete a discussion over time.


We might even see the phone part of phones disappear. Recent phone
customer behavior suggests that texting is a more popular way to
communicate than telephone calls. Future phones will need a way to
display messages but not necessarily incorporate voice communication.


Since we’re talking 2050 here, there’s even the possibility that research
into brain-computer interfaces will have reached a point in which we
won’t need a physical screen or microphone at all. Electronics could be
built into clothing or other accessories. You’d link the devices to an
interface connected to your brain and direct applications and messages
just through thought. It’d be a technologically assisted form of
telepathy.
But what do you think? Will we be wearing devices that let us communicate
effortlessly? Or will we be carting around the iPhone 47 and answering
texts between games of “Angry Birds”? Let us know yourpredictions in the
comments section. You can even use more than 140 characters to say it!

				
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