This is an advance in technology that I’m excited about so I thought I’d share.
I think in the next 5 years people will stop using smartphones. I think this, because the technology in natural language processing and AI is advancing so quickly that current technologies like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s AirPods, Google Assistant equipped headphones etc. will soon be able to do everything our smartphones can but using our voice instead of tactile input.
We will be able to say “call an Uber to NYC, Venmo Tim $10, read me the news, text mom “I’ll be home at 8” or book a flight to California and an AirBnb. Basically everything we can do by touching our phones can be replicated by speaking into our smart headphones instead.
This seems like a radical shift because right now smartphones seem, new, advanced and high tech but that’s the way the old rotary telephones once were perceived too.
I think the same way we look at this now ^ is how teenagers in the next few years will look at our iPhones when they get their first smart AirPods.
“You mean you guys had to do things with your hands??! You couldn’t just tell it what to do? How primitive.”
I think it’s easy to argue that many people are still hooked on somethings that require screens. Games, social media, video watching etc. I think the reason the adoption will still occur is that whenever convenience is a factor, it overrides everything else. The reason we routed all the way down into smartphones is because they were small, easy to carry around, always available and really use to use compared to having to use a desktop computer for things. It’s been like this for every major adoption. Credit Cards, Fast food, Uber, Venmo, Amazon, are all things that have been adopted and become popular mainly due to convenience.
Convenience drives the adoption of everything. And once you get used to it you can’t go back.
So the thing with smart headphones is, that it’s a lot more convenient to just talk to something than fiddle around on your phone with tiny keyboards. Once I tried my friends Alexa to play music, watch things on Netflix, read news, listen to audiobooks going back and doing those things that required a screen felt cumbersome and primitive.
I don’t think all use cases for screens (consumer uses) will be gone but I think even right now 50% of them can be gone. And in 5 years I think that number will be 80-90%.
This is the advance in technology that I’m actually optimistic about because it goes back to how humans naturally do things. Biologically we weren’t meant to fiddle around on screens. This is a behavior that isn’t natural and incurs a lot of technostress. Speaking however is something that’s natural to us and not stressful for us to do. This is a way for technology to get back to improving our lives rather than taking away from it.
Smartheadphones would just look like the already existing wireless headphones, they would just have the capabilities of your phone embedded inside rather than just being headphones alone. They would like just like this: (these are the Bose wireless headphones)