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. OMG what a mess.

    1) There is no “increasingly prevalent artificial intelligence.” There are only increasingly prevalent expert systems with voice technology tacked on. That’s not ‘artificial intelligence’. It’s a technology that’s been around since the 1970s and has reached a level of maturity that makes it mostly work for casual users.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expert_system

    2) This is clearly coerced/manipulated data. How else could they come up with a bizarro defined date for their poll results. Seriously:

    Half of the respondents said they thought mobile technology would be a thing of the past by 2021

    Right. I bet a good luck at the actual questions the responders were asked will prove my point.

    Useful points: Getting away from handheld computers has already started within situations where they are inconvenient, at least here in the FIRST WORLD. Cars are a great example. But will handheld devices disappear from one’s pockets or bag while walking about the world? Not unless you want to become a GlassHole or some such cyborg.

  2. Within five years I want to see live holograms of a football games within a football stadiums beamed to my coffee table. During the commercial breaks there should be an option to see a hologram of a fat guy with a beer hat doing the nae nae dance with a scantily-clad cheerleader. At halftime The New Duncan Imperials will sing I’m Schizophrenic (No I’m Not), while throwing-out pieces of carved Thanksgiving turkey to the crowd.

    I will not a wear a giant VR helmet to see this. There is a reason why VR never took off as a product and it’s not because of lag. It is because the goggles or giant visor helmets are impractical to wear the entire day. Beamed holograms and/or stylish AR glasses would to the trick.

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