Artificial Intelligence Could Replace Smartphones In The Near Future

The ’10 Hot Consumer trends for 2016′ report presents insights from various studies that have been conducted by Ericsson ConsumerLab during 2015 and indicates that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will replace smartphones in the next five years.

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The Sweden-based communication technology provider questioned more than 100,000 consumers across 40 countries, inquiring their views on the future of technology. Interestingly, one in two smartphone users who took part in the survey favoured AI interfaces over devices with screens.

‘A smartphone in the hand, it’s really not that practical,’ said Rebecka Cedering Ångström from Ericsson ConsumerLab, cited by Metro.

‘For example, not when one is driving a car or cooking. And there are many situations where display screens are not so good. Therefore, one in two think that smartphones will belong to the past within five years,”

‘Things just go so fast now from the idea to the mass market. We have not studied the technology, this is just what consumers think.’

Two prime reasons for the emergence of AI, as cited by the report, can be accounted to the battery and screen size in smartphones. It said: “Our research indicates that 31 per cent of smartphone users want a 7-8 inch screen and another 30 per cent want a 6 inch screen, while 78 per cent want to worry less about the battery dying.”

“The contradictory demands for power-draining larger screens and a longer battery life however, highlight a need for better solutions, such as the use of intelligent assistants to reduce the need to always touch a screen,” the report added according to Deccan Chronicle.

Users Are Ready For More Artificial Intelligence

AI products are already on the market that can be used with smartphones. Amazon’s Echo is a device that people can talk to and receive information from. It can even carry out tasks such as playing music. Google Now, Microsoft Cortana and Apple’s Siri are all digital personal assistants that work via AI.


That’s just the tip of the iceberg, the report found. Consumers surveyed seemed ready to take interactions with AI to much more advanced levels.

For instance, 44% think “an AI system would be as good as a teacher and one third would like an AI interface to keep them company. Furthermore, a third would even rather trust the fidelity of an AI interface than a human for sensitive matters. 29% agree they would feel more comfortable discussing their medical condition with an AI system” Ericsson’s report said.

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