Disappearance of smartphones

Post Mobile: What comes after the smartphone?

Many people can hardly imagine life without a smartphone. But experts expect cell phones to disappear again in less than ten years. The co-CEO of Samsung - after all, the world's largest cell phone manufacturer - even claims that the smartphone will end in the course of the next five years. But what is it about these predictions? And what comes after the smartphone?

There are many good reasons against the smartphone

There are many good reasons why the smartphone as we know it today no longer has a future. Smartphones eat up our time: we unlock our cell phone 80 times a day and use it for more than three hours a day. The manufacturing process is harmful to the environment: if this continues, the smartphone industry will be responsible for 15% of global emissions by 2040. Additional electronic waste is created: over 124 million old smartphones are unused in German households alone. The extraction of raw materials fuels social conflicts: mining in African mines is often associated with very poor working conditions and in some cases finances civil wars.

Technological change: Wearables are replacing the most important functions

But these are not the main reasons why the smartphone could become obsolete in the near future. The main reason is technological change. One of the most crucial technology trends that could herald the end of the smartphone is the use of wearables. This includes smartwatches that will soon be used to make phone calls. To do this, one will simply put the index finger to the ear. The audio signals are then vibrated through the finger to the skull bones near the ear. Answers can be given via the microphone in the bracelet. A South Korean start-up is already working on a bracelet with such bone conduction technology.

In addition to smartwatches, there will be other wearables that can be integrated even more smoothly into our everyday lives and make their use even more intuitive than smartphones. For example, jewelry that we wear on our bodies will also replace certain functions of the smartphone. In the Netherlands, a bank is already offering its customers the option of making contactless payments using a ring with an integrated NFC chip. As nanotechnology is getting better and better, contact lenses will soon also be equipped with electronic particles - in the future nobody will have to stare at a display, all the information we need will appear right in front of our eyes.

An app store for the brain?

We are on the verge of a new era with the Internet of Things, 5G, artificial intelligence and the combination of all of these technologies. But in addition to the things that surround us and that we wear on our bodies, at some point we will also use technologies that are in our bodies. Brain computer interfaces play a decisive role here. These are implants that connect the human brain to computers. Neuralink, a company founded by Elon Musk, is already researching such implants. Musk himself expects his system to be functional in 10 years. A kind of app store for the brain would then be conceivable, with which we can load new programs and updates directly into our bodies.

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