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What Comes After Smartphones?

Beyond Smartphones: Google and Microsoft are working on ‘eyeglass computers.’ Are these the next logical step in computer sizing, proximity and availability? Let’s face it, computers just want to get smaller. And more powerful, useful and ubiquitous. It may have something to do with an innate human desire to be telepathic and 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, the ‘eyeglass computer,’ which features 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 to each other. 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 (where would you get an API?). 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. And forgetting about what life in that scenario might be like for the moment, let’s think about how interesting it would be to be able to get any bit of information we needed with just a Siri-like voice query. Unlimited information barely a thought away. If only understanding and wisdom were that available along with the information …

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