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I was thinking about how different our lives will be as cell phone technology continues to improve. Someday your phone will be your only computer, and your home will have a screen in every room that senses the proximity of any phone that approaches. Push a button on your phone and it will take over any nearby screen to display a movie, recorded TV show, or music video. You could browse the web on the big screen, or create a Word document. You might want a wireless keyboard in some rooms, but for most applications your phone would control the cursor and allow you to do minor typing.

If you have no nearby screen, the phone could project a larger image onto any surface. That technology is already on the market.

As you walk from room to room, your TV show or music would automatically follow you, at least in your own home, assuming no one else has control of the screens in those rooms. And your phone would be the universal remote control for everything in the home, including lights, temperature, and security.

When you go to work, you simply approach your cubicle and the phone in your pocket wakes up the screen and becomes its processor, communicating with the screen and the Internet. The phone would have massive data storage, and back itself up automatically over the Internet. If you lose your phone, all you need is your security codes and passwords to be up and running with a new phone in an hour.

Wallets will become relics. Just wave your phone near a point of sale terminal, enter your PIN code on the phone and your bank account will be debited. Or perhaps by then your phone will read your thumb print to verify your identity.

When you shop, just wave your phone over the bar code on a product and see reviews and comparisons.

As you approach your car, it senses your phone's proximity and unlocks the doors nearest you and adjusts the seats for you.

All of this technology already exists in some form, or will soon. In the future, the only computer you will ever need will be in your pocket.

 
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May 29, 2009
Why would I ever want to have money directly drawn from my checking account in a non-secure way?

I charge everything to credit cards. I get free rewards, better theft protection, and a quick line of credit if I need one for an urgent expense such as an expensive automobile repair (although most things I pay off every month), and write out a handful of checks each month to cover these expenses. The credit card companies even give me categorized expenses, so I can easily scan for fraudulent charges, and they don't charge me 35 cents a transaction like debit cards do (or at least, used to, the last time I used one linked to a bank account, which was about 2001).

In all this time, I've only ever had one card number stolen, and the company found it right away (because not using it for six months and then charging $3000 seven states away was kind of a dead giveaway).

No technology is 100% safe, and I'm not a particularly trusting person when it comes to strangers - I'm one that goes for careful planning. The one thing I'd love to do now is have a list of approved vendors & expense amounts by category (e.g. "$40 or less at gas stations"), and be able to phone in exceptions that change the criteria such as indicating I'm vacationing in location X.

Want a real revolution? Add passcodes in email. That is, you have email addresses, but you give each of your contacts a personal passcode that only their email can use to get through. Anyone emailing you without a passcode (i.e., not on your approved list) gets dumped into spam, or just deleted (if real people want to contact you, they can look you up on a social networking site), and if it did it too many times, they're automatically blocked. Yes, you can do it with filters, but this doesn't cover people who fake the From: address.
 
 
May 24, 2009
A miraculous phone controlling mundane cars and screens, interacting with mundane stores.

What will probably happen will be we'll find a new, miraculous way of viewing content-- possibly cheap display glasses (which allow virtual reality stuff), better ways of distributing goods-- pneumatic tubes, anyone? (it's been done before) and, well, rocket packs or flying cars or ok I guess we're stuck with cars the way they are.

I have a friend who considers cell phone users 'the enemy' because they are keeping good wearable computers from being ubiquitous. Wearable computers are capable of more. Once you can interact with virtual objects in an augmented reality, you can just type on a virtual keyboard rather than carrying one.
 
 
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May 24, 2009
This is remarkably like the Ubiquitous Computing concept pioneered by Xerox Parc (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubiquitous_computing) in 1988. Take a look at the writeup and compare the post this comment is attached to with ubicomp. They are eerily alike.
 
 
May 22, 2009
A few days ago, Adam Hughes commented on his Deviantart page, when talking about a commision drawing he did in a convention about a Gijoe character, that he could be so accurate into weapons and gear because he had an iphone with him, and he could search in the internet how those items where. As artist myself I find that fact fascinating, how you can bring internet with you, and get helped.
Of course I dont like to be connected all the time, but the old complain about future not being as futuristic as novels would tell us, is crumbling down, soon we could see in some parts of the planet an Asimov world. Isnt that awesome?
 
 
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May 22, 2009
Keyboard, schmeyboard.
Speech-to-text, my friend.
Though that might make life difficult for the spasmodic dysphoniacs out there.
 
 
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May 21, 2009
Wow. For a presumably intelligent, tech savy group, (reading Dilbert and posting on Scott's blog) there are a surprising number of people here who seem uncomfortable with Scott's idea. I'm equally suprised to find I'm one of them. My love / hate relationship with all things tech seems to be slipping toward the hate side. Wonder if it's the advancing technology or my advancing age?

I was just thinking yesterday about going Amish....
 
 
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May 21, 2009
There is that teeny tiny keyboard.

Maybe that phone can be implanted up a few peoples a$$es.

They can get a gerbil to work the keyboard.
 
 
May 21, 2009
"You might want a wireless keyboard in some rooms, but for most applications your phone would control the cursor and allow you to do minor typing." -- Scott Adams

All of the newest phones have either a full QWERTY keyboard or a touch-screen that can display a full QWERTY keyboard. By the time your concept comes about, if it does, this will be the standard, obviating the need for a wireless keyboard.

Unfortunately, in order for this to happen, cell phone service providers will have to work together with electronics manufacturers. They do this grudgingly when they need to get cell phones to work with their systems; your concept doesn't directly benefit them at all, and they are not in the business of making life easier for consumers. (See your own post on "confusopolies.") That is why this will never happen.
 
 
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May 21, 2009
Not everyone adopts all new gadgets.
As people said, Christians have reasons to fight this.
As does anyone who just don't like what people become when completely connected:

It is creepy that people cannot walk down the street without headphones. It used to be just teenagers, but now your average businessmen on public transportation are doing it, too.
It is creepy that people will drop everything in their life when the phone rings.
It is creepy that people are reliant on GPS for navigation instead of actually knowing where they are going. People explored this entire globe by the stars. They mapped routes through mountain ranges without even topo maps. Now, your car tells you where to turn left. And apparently the GPS system may die in a year anyway, if the news is accurate.
It is creepy that people cannot just sit still in silence and relax. That people feel edgy if they don't check their email multiple times a day or get on Facebook. That after a week offline they feel like something is wrong.

You propose that the world will become CREEPY.
 
 
May 21, 2009
It's more likely you won't have to carry anything at all. Your house can sense you walking around easy enough, and a phone is more likely to be like on the jetsons - a wall image video phone. you won't have to carry anything shopping, your face combined with a voiceprint will be enough, maybe a whispered pin.
 
 
May 20, 2009
Getting bored of this iphone / GPS etc stuff. There really is a point where this stuff has diminished marginal utility.

Do like the energy / environment posts though.
 
 
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May 20, 2009
GEEEK EXTREME!!

... but the real game changer is when it becomes installed in us.
 
 
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May 20, 2009
Cool...and of course eventually in order to make room for all the existing and future functions, the "talk on the phone" function will be phased out and no one will even notice.

Maybe they'll move that to our shoes.
 
 
May 20, 2009
I dream of the day when those damn phones are implanted into people's brains, so i wont be forced to overhear the banal conversations of idiots.. OMG LOL.
 
 
May 20, 2009
That sounds like hell.
 
 
May 20, 2009
I think that it is possible that your phone can replace your personal computer. I do not think that it will replace work computers. Companies are worried about protecting their proprietary content, personal client information, etc. They would not want to have this information on your phone.

Other than that, I'm all in favor of being able to use my phone for all of my home computing needs. I'm sure that phones will soon allow you to connect flash drives so that you can use the drive as secondary storage.
 
 
May 20, 2009
I think that it is possible that your phone can replace your personal computer. I do not think that it will replace work computers. Companies are worried about protecting their proprietary content, personal client information, etc. They would not want to have this information on your phone.

Other than that, I'm all in favor of being able to use my phone for all of my home computing needs.
 
 
May 20, 2009
Current and new features are kewl and all but we need to take care of that pesky cancer problem first. Packet (information) carrying microwaves disrupt the way your body cells communicate. Some people develop tumors after a couple years, some slowly throughout their lifetime and some it doesn't even bother. Once a new communication technology is figured out this will be common knowledge.
 
 
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May 20, 2009
Hackers everywhere are salivating
 
 
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May 20, 2009
With all the technology, I still wonder why you need to have a button on the little key chain that would make the car beep. I've always had more trouble locating my key than the car.

By 2044, I hope they put a little button on the body of the car that would make my key (or phone) levitate and beep while also emitting flashes of strobe light. It could validate a bunch of finger prints to check who was pressing it.
 
 
 
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