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Swedes predict death of smartphone in five years

 

Artificial intelligence could soon start planning your life, with smartphones disappearing within the next five years, according to consumer research by Swedish tech giant Ericsson.

Reading this on your mobile? Chances are that you’ll soon be swapping your mini screen for an artificial electronic assistant, according to new research carried out by researchers working for Stockholm-based tech conglomerate Ericsson.

The company’s ConsumerLab quizzed more than 100,000 customers in tech-savvy Sweden as well as 39 other countries about their opinions and technological desires for the future and says its research statistically represents the views of 1.1 billion people worldwide.
It found that half of smartphone users think that mobile technology will be a thing of the past within the next five years, as the growth of artificial intelligence starts enabling interaction with objects without the need for a phone or tablet.
“A smartphone in the hand, it’s really not that practical. 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 on two think that smartphones will belong to the past within five years,” said Rebecka Cedering Ångström from Ericsson ConsumerLab.

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