Smartphones obsolete within 5 years, says study

Ericsson’s research lab, ConsumerLab, predicts the death of smartphones A survey by the Ericsson owned brains-trust, ConsumerLab, has revealed consumers believe smartphones will be obsolete within five years – and replaced with artificial intelligence. Sceptics could argue it was a shame the think-tank wasn’t around in 2007, when Apple’s iPhone was launched. Ericsson failed to predict the future of mobile technology, and so lost its share of the mobile phone market in epic proportions.  ConsumerLab revealed half of the study’s respondents said they thought mobile technology would be redundant by 2021 as the growth of artificial intelligence starts enabling interaction with objects without the need for a phone or tablet. ConsumerLab failed to confirm if the artificial intelligence would take the form of C3PO or the T-100 from Terminator 2, but given the Star Wars revival,…


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