Smartphones to die out within five years, replaced by artificial intelligence – survey

“Many consumers believe smartphones will cease to exist within five years, according to new research carried out by researchers on behalf of Ericsson,” Adam Boult reports for The Telegraph. “The company’s ConsumerLab questioned more than 100,000 customers in its native Sweden and 39 other countries, seeking their views on their technological desires for the future.”

“Half of the respondents said they thought mobile technology would be a thing of the past by 2021, with increasingly prevalent artificial intelligence superseding many of its functions,” Boult reports. “Rebecka Cedering Ångström of Ericsson ConsumerLab said: ‘A smartphone in the hand, it’s really not that practical. For example, not when one is driving a car or cooking. And there are many situations where display screens are not so good. Therefore, one in two think that smartphones will belong to the past within five years.'”

Boult reports, “Ericsson ConsumerLab’s new report, 10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2016, claims to represent the views of 1.1 billion people across 24 countries.”

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31 Comments

  1. First, shall come Apple’s super – simple smart ear bud phone. Once perfected and hits version 7 – Apple then will make transplants to the brain, just under the skin, behind your left ear. 🙂

    No display, No buttons, the entire phone in an ear bud.

    Ask Siri to do everything, add a contact, call a contact, read your texts/emails, write your text/emails, check the weather, check your calendar, schedule your calendar, play a song, make a calculation, provide directions… and whatever else. An additional pocket display of your desired size will be available as an accessory to the ear bud – for those who need to see confirmations of Siri’s help.

    1. That won’t be at all confusing when I’m speaking to somebody and need to input and receive information at the same time. We have eyes and fingers because they’re a good way of interacting with the world.

  2. Who the hell were they asking. I doubt if I asked 50 people on spec that even one would say that he/she thought that the smartphone would be dead in 5 years to be replaced by some form of artificial intelligence (which by definition would not be part of your smartphone). Most would not even be tech savvy enough to have an opinion at all I suspect. Which means that they have either focused on fantasist geeks (likely from Google Labs) or loaded the question completely to get this response, or both. There may well be some long term merit in such imaginings but no way within 5 years especially as this artificial intelligence replacement hasn’t in any way been defined as yet. Simply weird.

  3. Sorry, but not all information can be conveyed audibly, and even if it can it’s definitely not quicker. Hence why we still read books and don’t just release everything as an audio book. Also artificial intelligence is not a replacement for screens, it’s a replacement for looking up and doing things yourselves, you still need audio and visual ways of relating the information.

  4. Ericsson use focus groups, Apple don’t use focus groups. I think that this research suggests that Apple has the better approach.

    Come to think of it, didn’t Ericsson used to make mobile phones back in the day? We don’t hear much of them these days.

  5. This reinforces what I always thought. At least 50 percent of the general population are retards. Retards have opinions but they really are not worth anything. Unfortunately, they are breeding faster. Republ……

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