The death of the smart-phone
Matt Weinberger wrote for the Business Insider that the smart-phone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy. I could not agree more with him.
Essentially he sees two iterations after smart-phones: the first one with devices closer to our senses:
- Augmented-reality headsets, which project detailed 3D images straight into our eyes. Devices that we can speak and listen to from just our ears. These technologies are well under way.
- Computers in our brains by ways of “neural lace,” a very early-stage technology that lays on our brains and bridges it to a computer. This is very early stage, but visionaries such as Elon Musk are supporting them.
Matt acknowledges the human/machine fusion is a terrifying idea, but he doesn’t clarify why. If you think about it, having a built in external memory directly connected to your brain could be amazing by itself. The idea of projecting augmented reality onto your eyes is also captivating . After that comes interpreting your thoughts to turn them into digital information that can travel through the Internet and revert it back as a thought on someone else’s brain. That is telepathy not as a superpower but enabled by technology. Once we get there we could be either in paradise or hell. It depends only on one thing:
Are my thoughts monitored, recorded, spyed and possibly used against me, while they are in digital format on the way to your brain? Or is there a safe path that connect us both? Is what I see with my eyes private? Or is the company providing me with the device or a government office watching and recording everything I see with my own eyes? You might think, ok I wouldn’t use those lenses. But what if babies have them implanted at birth as part of their digital identity, without which they can not have a life in that future society?
At Fermat we have also started working to make that future -which seems inevitable- paradise and not hell. We are creating the Internet of People to enable a demilitarized, de-commercialized, cyberspace only for people. In that space people can freely find each other and connect person-to-person, today with smart-phones, tomorrow with their eye and ear devices, and the day after tomorrow with their brains. The Internet of People is an open source infrastructure, not owned by anyone and it is the only project of its kind trying to solve this long term problem. A few hundred people are already thinking about this, and joining forces under the Fermat project umbrella.
We believe that the future depends on what you do today, and that the best way to predict it, is to create it.
Thanks to Amadeo Charlé for the editing.
If you are interested in learning more about Fermat technologies, this list might help you:
- “Fermat, the Internet of People and the Person to Person Economy.”
The Internet of People architecture dissected.
- “Introducing the Graphchain.”
The cryptographically secured data structure we use to store profiles and their relationships.
- “Introducing Redtooth”
Like Bluetooth with global range.
- “The Profile Server.”
The cornerstone software of the Internet of people.
- “The Location Based Network.”
The geo-located network that help other services to be geo-localized.
A bit about me: I am a systems architect who started his career designing and building banking systems. Later I turned into an entrepreneur. Three years ago I learned about bitcoin and decided I would use the underlying technology to fix the biggest problem we have as humans: “unlimited concentration of power”.