Now we are in the end of 2020, and welcoming 2021. Would like from personal communication to talk about personal communication evolution from now till 2050, 30 years from now.
See technology evolution to 2050 from personal communication evolution
1993, Bellsouth and IBM creation of the world’s very first smartphone. But not change the world at that time. In 2002, Noka built the first phone with a built-in camera, but at that time the phone display was at 176×208 pixel color display, so you can imagine, it did not change the world at that time as well. Blackberry integrated phone before Apple 2007 January launch iPhone in the world also worth mentioning. But the Apple iPhone combining a mobile phone, an iPod (popular music player) and a wireless communication device and feature App Store allow download for new software to extend the smartphone functionality become world success. One of the great inventions at that time is using the finger to touch display, eliminate the need for all the number pad, and allow for making a one big display. Then the next 10 years, basically until now is still the smartphone generation, more and more me-too and low cost products roll out in the market. You will notice as well, despite being just tiny the size of the computer, it sells more than the average computer laptop. It actually became a more compact mini size computer in the pocket for most of the people to do most of the daily communication. Whether from reading email, surfing the internet, viewing facebook, chat in whatsapp, shopping in the mobile app, all get done in the small portable smartphone.
Another 10 year, i.e. 2040, embedded technology will be the foundation for running the world, everything becoming automated. 2050, we can predict the time digital immortality becomes possible (or at least for the social elite), people can live in a virtual world. AI and robotics take care of everything for everyone, that is the bright side. The dark side is we human kind no longer need smartphones any more, become embedded as chips or some kind in our body. PC and mobile will merge eventually. As PCs become more and more portable, tablet features digital pencil, and that operating system is now in the era of becoming one, you can see what Apple right now is doing, migration from Intel chip to their very own M1 chip set to achieve cross platform ecosystem.