Smartphone will Become Obsolete by 2025

There is a big theory that by 2025, smartphones will become obsolete. The reasoning behind the disappearance of smartphones is due to advancements in augmented reality. Pearson stated, “If it’s 2025 and you have a smartphone, people will laugh at you” (BusinessInsider).

Technology is advancing more and more by the year, and soon there will be no inconvenience of holding your phone and losing it every second. A lot of professor’s theories are that there will be a tiny bracelet that pulls up a hologram screen in order to text and send phone calls. This way, you will not have to worry about bringing a physical device out with you.

Smartphone users believe artificial intelligence will take over many tasks that the smartphone does. In fact, artificial intelligence products are already starting to become popular as the Echo, Alexa, Siri, etc. are talking to their user’s and providing information to the users.

This is a big deal and a huge advancement if the smartphone does in fact become obsolete by 2025. This shows how fast technology is advancing and the power that technology has the ability to make on their user.

The Scary Effects of Technology on our Eyes

Technology is everything these days. It helps us connect to each other and makes our lives significally more convenient. However, are we using too much technology? According to an article, “More than a third of American adults spend more than half of their day with some type of technology and 14% report using technology 10-2 hours daily” (GoodEyes).

This overuse of technology causes great strain to the user’s eyes. One main affect technology has is causing eyestrain, headaches, focusing difficulty, double vision, etc. Without looking at technology, a user’s eye blinkes 12-15 times a minute. However, when a user is focusing on a digital screen, they forget to blink. This can lead to a user blinking only 7 times a minute. The decrease in blinking can lead to less lubrication which results in dry and extremely sore eyes.

Almost 60% of adult Americans have adopted the habit of carrying their phone or laptop with them when they go to bed (GoodEyes). Leaving your phone next to a user’s head while sleeping can cause severe damage to the eyes. This is because the direct exposure to blue light damages the retina, which gets worse and worse as you age.

This is an important issue due to the fact that technology is becoming more and more popular as the years go on, and no one pauses and thinks about the severe impact it can have on your eyes. As I walk down a street, almost every person I walk by is glued to their phone. People should be aware of the health risks.


What Happened to Facebook’s AI?

Facebook was forced to shut down an artificial intelligence engine (known as AI) after discovering AI had created its own language. In 2017, Facebook caught two chatbots, Bob and Alice, speaking their own language to each other.  Many scientists have stated that AI could lead to horrible and violent consequences. Even Stephen Hawking cautioned in 2014 that “AI could mean the end of the human race” (Forbes).

The consequences that AI could create are severe and could be extremely dangerous. Our entire world is connected and especially in the future, almost everything will be connected. The fact that an AI would be smart enough to figure out we are all connected and will use that to their advantage. Computers can distract an abundance of data from a user at a rate a lot faster than humans will ever be able to. The possibility of a machine taking over is unfortunately not unrealistic.

Artificial intelligence can help improve human’s lives in a great degree, but it is hard to tell how far to let them go. They have the potential to make our lives significantly easier, as well as the potential to ruin mankind.

What Does Facebook Know About You?

What does Facebook know about you? I think the question should be, what does Facebook not know about you? Facebook knows more about your life than most users can realize or even want to begin to comprehend. This social media account aggressively advertises and goes to great lengths in order to track their users across the web. A user doesn’t even have to have Facebook open on their computer and their software will still track their movements. As users shop online to different stores, Facebook uses cookies in order to track what websites they are interested in, and will then create advertisements on the Facebook News Feed the next time the user scrolls through. Creepy right? I think so.

Facebook doesn’t just know what kind of stores and clothes you like, but much more. Facebook tracks a user’s ‘activity on the site, personal devices, and their location settings. This way, they can tell if a user just had a baby, just returned from vacation, just got married, or just got into a relationship.

It’s amazing how much Facebook knows about their user, but at what point does it start to get creepy? More and more technology is coming out that is getting creepy. In IST class, we talked about technology that can track you sleep and nutrition patterns, so it can tell you when it’s time to eat, workout, sleep, etc. At what point does this get creepy?

Snapchat’s New Feature “SnapMap” Raises Concerns

Snapchat came out with a new feature called SnapMap. This feature has started to raise a lot of concerns for users. Users and their parents are extremely worried about safety and bullying. Due to the fact that SnapMap tracks every friend’s locations in real time, this raises a lot of concern.

One big concern with this SnapMap is that so many users are friends with random people on their Snapchat. Just like Facebook, many users accept people they aren’t close with on this social media network. This increases safety risks as people you aren’t that close with will know exactly where you are located at every second.

Upon launching this new map feature, Snapchat announced, “We’ve built a whole new way to explore the world! See what’s happening, find your friends, and get inspired to go on an adventure!” (TheGuardian). Snapchat is trying to make this feature sound positive and exciting when it does the exact opposite.

Parents definitely need to talk to their kids about the safety concerns and explain they should either hide their location or start deleting some of their friends they aren’t close with.

Safety and security is getting harder and harder to remain strong as social media networks are evolving. Twitter lets people add their locations to their tweets and Facebook lets users share their locations to their posts. People definitely need to be aware of these risks and really take time to pause and think if sharing their location is safe.

Advantages of Drones

Drones are growing in popularity and are being used by businesses rather than just for entertainment purposes. Despite how many people are skeptical about the use of drones and the impact it will make on the world of technology, there are tremendous advantages to them.

Drones are extremely useful for military purposes, especially in the United States. Many soldiers die in war due to the fact they go into a building that has either bombs or people with weapons. The soldiers are unaware of the dangers as they enter the building and therefore, put themselves at a huge safety risk. However, the drone can help. Due to the fact the drone is extremely small and can fit into small spaces, they can travel into a building and use their cameras to detect bombs or any other dangerous situations.

Drones have also had a huge impact in the media world. Film has changed dramatically with the new technology and has given film a completely new perspective. Many films are taking advantage of the drones such as “James Bond’s Skyfall, the well-acclaimed Lenard Di Caprio’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the evergreen Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (MyDroneLab).

Another great advantage of the drones are their shipping and delivery system. Despite how this is still under process, the drones could reduce the time spent for deliveries to end up at a consumer’s door step. Amazon has started to work on this which will greatly increase consumer satisfaction.

Overall, drones are increasing in popularity as more and more people are aware of all of their advantages. Despite how they have many disadvantages, many people believe their pros overweigh their cons.

Uber Taking out the Taxi Industry

As Uber is coming more and more popular, the taxi industry is suffering. Uber is a location-based app that lets users hire a private driver and take them to their needed destination. Uber is destroying the taxi industry in many ways.

First, drivers would rather work for Uber and in the taxi industry because Uber drivers earn more money than taxi services do. Uber drivers get a higher hourly earning and the passengers take longer Uber rides on average than traditional taxi drivers.

Second, timing is everything in this fast pace world. People are less patient and rather than calling a taxi and waiting twenty to thirty minutes for the taxi to arrive, people can now just call and Uber that will usually come within five minutes.

Third, a lot of people now don’t carry cash on them. This is evident in the amount of applications that have evolved such as Venmo and Apply Pay that let a user put their credit card information into their phone. Therefore, the majority of people don’t have cash or even their card out with them. Uber allows the user to pay directly from their phone without the need for cash or a physical credit card on them.

The concept of Uber came up because it is a perfect example of disruptive innovation. Despite how Uber has numerous advantages, the taxi industry is definitely suffering as a result.

Social Commerce

Shoppable social is an important conversation because many people think it’s something than it actually is. People believe shoppable social is just the act of buying something online. However, it involves the user ratings, online communities, and social advertising that all enhance and facilitate online shopping. People often confuse and mistake social commerce for eCommerce. However, social commerce involves the use by people of social networks to engage in eCommerce transactions.

The term social commerce was introduced by Yahoo! In November 2005 to describe a set of online collaborative shopping tools such as shared pick lists, user ratings, and other user-generated content-sharing of online product information and advice. Due to the fact that more people are turning to social media for product recommendations and reviews, the concept of native social commerce sprouted up.

As of now, there are three social media sites that are owning the social commerce space: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest are the two apps where you can purchase right off the site. Using Spotify, credit card information can be stored for future purchases or Apple Pay can be used on the spot so customers can click a button to buy and never leave the app. Facebook is the leader in e-commerce now and is even known as F-commerce.

A big question is, “Is Amazon Shoppable Social?” Amazon came out with a new Amazon Spark which makes it easy for users to discover and shop in their interests. Using Amazon, the user is one tap away from purchasing the products they discover.

This is a big conversation to start because apps are advancing and soon everyone will be putting their credit card onto other technology devices in order to shop. People are becoming lazier since technology is evolving and making it easier for people to not leave their house.

Welcome to Wireless Charging

Wireless charging is become exceptionally popular as it provides a safe and reliable way to charge. Wireless charging offers safety advantages as well as cost advantages. Technology these days are moving further away from hand-held devices and huge equipment and more into the idea of no plug-ins.

The charging is based on a magnetic resonance, also known as Inductive Power Transfer. This magnetic device allows multiple devices to charge, which is a major advantage. The fact that multiple devices can charge is a major factor of why this new technology will get popular. Another reason the wireless charging will gain in popularity is due to the charging speeds. “Charging by induction solutions currently produce slower charge times compared to a wired charger” (Wireless Charging).  The speed is an exceptionally important aspect of the digital world and the more time that goes on, the more impatient people become. That is why speed is crucial in order to make customers happy.

In the future, wireless power will be a part of everyday life. There will be no more “plug-ins” from everything from television to lights. Not only will power become more accessible, but consumers will be able to have control over how it is used. Not only in the home will wireless charging be sufficient, but also in the office. In the office, the wireless charging will result in a more efficient work environment.

Is Google Glass Dead or Reborn?

The Google Glass was created in order to create an augmented reality, which combines the real world with augmentation. Augmented reality can make static objects interactive using a computer-generated image. This reality enriches a user’s perception of reality.

The Google Glass is an optical head-mounted display that looks exactly like eyeglasses. This type of augmented reality eyewear was developed by X and used to portray information just as a smartphone would. However, these glasses are special because it requires no hands. These glasses were used to watch TV, as well as a GPS while driving. The features of the Google glass include a touchpad, allowing the user to slide backwards and upwards through different applications, a camera, allowing the user to take pictures and videos, and a display that allows the user to see clear.

However, the Google Glass did not perform as planned and received many criticisms. One big concern was the privacy reasons. Users are wearing a camera on their face, which can take videos and pictures at all times. This can lead to people getting video tapped who don’t want to be, users videotaping a movie at the cinema, users videotaping at the casino, etc. The Google Glass also did not perform well due to the fact the headset didn’t have a clear function. The two main functions were to take pictures and gather information, which makes it obvious that “obtaining the Google Glass offered no clear benefit to the consumers whatsoever” (Doyle).

Alphabet announced the Google Glass Enterprise Edition will come out in 2017 with better functions. While one big reason the Google Glass did not perform well the first time was due to the glasses not having a clear function for the consumer. The Google Glass Enterprise Edition is not targeted to consumers but rather targeted to companies. “According to a Google Glass website Alphabet has published, a host of prominent companies are using the technology, including General Electric and DHL” (Fortune). This poses a question, will the Google Glass be a big improvement than the original or will it be another failure?