In 1926, when scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla spoke of a device that would allow human beings to communicate with one another from far away distances while at the same time hearing and seeing each other as if we were face to face people probably thought “wow that guy is insane”. Fast forward only 80 years and everything and more Mr. Tesla predicted has since come to pass.
The idea that something like this could have happened is insane and all you have to do is watch your grandparents and in some cases, your parents interact with smartphones to know this. Knowing this, it’s almost impossible to imagine what more smartphones will be able to do. Just how smarter can smartphones get?
Remember the time when no one cared about apps
There was time, maybe let’s say around the early 2000s when you bought your phone and it came with all of these built-in apps. No one cared about them, maybe there was a game or two, a calendar, and a calculator. Phones were not about apps, they were about texting and receiving and making phone calls. Even after the internet was introduced, cellphone users were more concerned with downloading the latest song to set-up as a ringtone.
That way they looked cool when their phones rang. Everyone literally wanted to hear “hey, is that the latest Justine Timberlake song” whenever their phone rang. Fast-forward to 2019 and no one even has a ringtone for their phones anymore, because a majority are permanently put on silent mode. And apps? Well, apps are now the main focus on every smartphone out there.
How the smartphone became a part of our lives
In the last 10 years since cellphones were launched, it took us some time to try and work out what the hell was going on. It was easy enough when phones, were used for calling, nowadays calling someone, is considered rude, why are you not texting instead? And it is not even texting through SMS, nope. It’s texting from an app, most likely WhatsApp or WeChat. The smartphone changed everything.
That prediction from Nikolas Tesla, well it came true. With the merge of the internet and the cellphone came the smartphone. This device was smart it could download apps that could schedule your day for you, search the internet by you simply asking it to do so, uses voice navigation to get you from point A to point B, oh and tell you if there is traffic or an accident on your route. I wanted to gamble or try some casino gaming online, then simply download an app in less than 2 minutes and you are gaming away.
As if this was not enough smartphone security can now rival Fort Knox. Gone are the days of entering a pin or using something as silly as a pattern, God forbid. You can now use your fingerprint or better yet your retina to unlock your phone. The latest Android devices now let you log into apps without requiring a password. This is owed to Google which can link all your Android devices and retain and remember all your passwords across platforms.
How much smarter can these devices get?
To say that technology is taking over would be an understatement. Research now shows that a majority of the earth’s population uses social media and the internet to get their news, pay their bills, stream movies ad TV shows and read books. In the past all of this was done on laptops or desktop computers, however, in the last 8 years, this has changed. The smartphone which is the new computer does all of this for us, it also does it better because it fits inside our pockets. Our phones already use AI (Artificial Intelligence), think Siri, or Alexa. However, this is only scratching the surface. In the future, our smartphones will be able to track when we are sick and make doctor’s appointments for us. They’ll be able to respond to emails and go online shopping on our behalf. These devices are going to make Nikola Tesla’s prediction the starting line not the finish line.