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What Comes After Smartphones?

Beyond Smartphones: Google and Microsoft are working on ‘eyeglass computers.’ Is this the next logical step in computer sizing, proximity, and availability? Computers want to get smaller. And more powerful and ubiquitous. It may have something to do with an innate human desire to be telepathic — unbound in time and space. Whatever, it makes sense that someone will find a way to make computing almost as accessible as thought is to our brains. Hence, an ‘eyeglass computer’ featuring voice I/O, an internet connection, video recording, and an embedded display in the glass.

… something like Google Glass or whatever Microsoft is working on could end up replacing the smartphone as the dominant way people access the Internet and connect with others. First off: something has to. Disruption is inevitable. Secondly: The trend is obvious. Computers have been getting smaller and closer to our faces since their very beginning. First, they were in big rooms, then they sat on desktops, then they sat on our laps, and now they’re in our palms. Next, they’ll be on our faces. (Eventually, they’ll be in our brains.)

It’s the “in our brains” concept that’s a little scary. I’m not sure if it’s even possible to develop an interface for that. But in terms of storing everything a government might need to know about us on our person, including our exact location at the moment, that’s not difficult to do today.
But forgetting about what life in that scenario might look like, let’s think about how interesting it would be to get any bit of information we need with just a Siri-like voice query. Unlimited information, just a thought away. If only understanding and wisdom were that available.

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