The End of Smartphones

Today everyone has a smartphone and we pay 1,000 dollars and more for it. Apple became the first publicly traded U.S. company to reach $1 trillion in market value. Berkshire Hathaway is the second-largest holder of Apple shares. Warren Buffett explained that he loves Apple as an investment and said: “I do not focus on the sales in the next quarter or the next year. I focus on the … hundreds, hundreds, hundreds millions of people who practically live their lives by the iPhone.” He also called the iPhone enormously underpriced, saying that it’s worth far more than the 1,000 dollars Apple charges.

Serious? Well, then I would like to give you another view of what is going to happen in the coming years. I say, the end of smartphones is coming before the end of the next decade and the value of smartphones will drop faster and faster with every year before they disappear completely. By the year 2030 nobody will waste money to buy a smartphone. This is something you can compare with CD´s today. Who needs a CD or DVD today when you have millions of songs in dozens of music and video streaming services available at any time for a couple of bucks. You pick the title out of 30,40,50 million titles and stream real-time. Why would you go back to a hardware that can be damaged, scratched, waste your time to find the right title and before you can play it, you need an additional hardware like a CD or DVD player? No way you want to go back to this practice.

This kind of logic will exactly be the same reason you will not spend one single dollar to buy a smartphone when any device you wear is smart. Yes, any wearable will be smart and any device around you will be smart. And when you speak to your wearable and it delivers millions of services based on simple voice commands, you don’t want to carry a lumpy device in your pocket, when your wristband, your watch, your chain, your ring, your belt, your earphones and in most cases your glasses can do much more and much better than your smartphone will ever be able to deliver.

For some reasons a song from Mike & the mechanics comes to my mind when they sing:

Looking back over my shoulder, I can see that look in your eye

I never dreamed it could be over, I never wanted to say goodbye”😊

Yes, we will say goodbye to our smartphones. It´s hard to believe from today’s point of view, I know, but this is going to happen and it´s coming faster than you can imagine. The gigaaa business development team is preparing projects with a large number of hardware manufacturing companies producing: bathroom mirrors, refrigerators, coffeemaker, vacuum cleaner, toaster, kitchen lamps, bedroom alarm clocks, TV sets, loudspeaker, internet router, living room tables, powerbanks to charge your smartphones, cars, promotion displays etc. Every single connected device will be equipped with a tiny microphone, loudspeaker, Wi-Fi connector or digital SIM card for mobile network connection, so that you will be able to talk to every device to receive the requested answer and visualized results in one of the displays around you. Everything will be connected, and everything can receive your voice commands so that you don´t care about smartphones anymore.

Before I continue to talk more about hardware and connected devices, I would like to point out one major thought. What´s most important to understand right from the start is, you will operate all these devices with one single AI voice assistant. Your one single AI assistant will manage all your commands and you will speak to just one single, to your one and only voice assistant, and you will speak to it through any device. You talk to your bathroom mirror and your AI assistant answers when you go to the kitchen and speak to the refrigerator or your coffee maker, it´s again the same one AI assistant you will talk to. And when you enter the unmanned cab on the way to the city, you will again speak to the same assistant you were speaking to at home. It will be always the one, your one AI assistant you are used to talk to and the one that you trust to talk to.

Now a song from 1991 comes to my mind from Chesney Hawkes when he sings:

I am the one and only, nobody I’d rather be

I am the one and only, you can’t take that away from me 😊

You think this is science fiction and it doesn´t make sense? Well, then try to look at this vision through the eyes of data protection and privacy. How many people do you trust today when it comes to your finances or other secrets? Not so many, right? So how many AI assistants you going to trust in the future to share your private life and secrets with? I guess you will think twice before you start speaking with a new assistant and offer all your personal information. You will make a selection, start to train the one selected system and train it the best possible way to protect you and your private life. You will be careful and do anything to minimize the risk of fraud and cybercrime because this kind of systems will know more or less anything about you.

Today we are careless, and we trust Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple etc. but think twice. In a world when more or less anything gets connected and all systems and devices start exchanging data with each other. Do you really want to share your privacy with everyone? I guess you don´t and that is when the one, the one and only, your AI assistant comes to a place to take care of your protection and your privacy.

Today the smartphone is your only smart connected device and it knows already very much about you like your contacts, the locations you visit, your emails, your search history, your bookings, your calendar. A company like Facebook knows even more like your chat history, yes, your chat content, your dirty chat, your fantasies, your future plans, the people you love and the people you hate, it knows most of your preferences like brands, movies, songs, books, locations etc. Yes, my dear, Facebook knows a lot. They really know a lot about you and I guess you don´t even know it. But with the time you will start thinking about this more and more and someday you will understand that every new connected device you add to your profile and to your home will interact with each other and exchange your private data. Then everyone should really start acting and pick the one assistant that takes care of our privacy and manage all other systems, applications, and devices we use, before we become completely transparent to anyone and pull our pants all the way down.

There is a song from the 80´s by Jermaine Stewart that comes to my mind when he sings:

We don’t have to take our clothes off

To have a good time, Oh no

We could dance & party all night

And drink some cherry wine”😊

The coming years we will see a huge number of new smart and connected devices that we will be able to talk to and make our life easier. The gigaaa team has started a project with a hotel chain to build a showroom with connected devices managed by gigaaa AI voice assistant. Next year you will enter the conference room and speak to several devices to order your cab or a pizza, to remind you about a meeting, to show your calendar in a display, to turn off the lights or air conditioning, to message your friend about next week’s weekend trip, to turn on the video projector with your presentation and all of this by simple voice commands and no smartphones in the room. I will keep you updated on this. Already in 2019, we will be able to show you how life without a smartphone is going to look like in private and in business life.

Yes, the connected world will make our everyday life so much easier, but as it is with all things in life, there are two sides to every coin and we should be aware of this before we start adding more and more connected devices to our life. In my next blog, I will talk about how gigaaa will assist you to give you more quality time in private life.

Have a great time. See you next week.

“Life is gigaaa!”