January 29, 2014 / By Elisabeth Podair
You’ve seen the headlines. Your phone may be smarter than you soon. Experts have even pinpointed a date: 2017. I think my phone has always been smarter than me.
First off, Siri has Google at her fingertips. Sure, she may need my thumb to double click the home button and my voice to command a search. Even so, Siri can school any of us. Wasn’t this proved in 2011 when IBM’s creation Watson bested super-champion Ken Jennings on Jeopardy?
Until now, we have treasured our upper-hand on computers that made us feel far superior: our ability to reason. That is predicted to change with these new extra-smart smartphones, expected to intuitively know what you need and present a solution faster than you can open the Google homepage and start typing.
Although this does sound like the perfect boyfriend (not to get all Her with a computer dating reference), what does it mean to rely on technology to such a degree? Smartphones are becoming a crutch; I know mine is for me. Sure, I could set my alarm or I could simply instruct Siri to set it for me.
As our phones are gaining the ability to reason, I may be losing my ability to understand phones. At a wedding not too long ago a guest asked for my help taking a photo with her old-school flip phone. After scrolling through several logical settings and menus, I had no idea. I am a textbook millennial and I had no idea how to take a photo on a basic cell phone. Is it because the camera on my iPhone is conveniently labeled on the front screen with the image of a camera?
I recently had the opportunity to attend the International Consumer Electronics show on behalf of a Taylor client and got to witness the future of smartphones and smart watches first-hand. As technology evolves, the biggest lesson is to remember not to leave our common sense behind with our discarded slider and flip phones.