The smartphone of the future might actually be one we use less because artificial intelligence is sending messages and emails on our behalf.
Cellphones have come such a long way in recent years that it's hard to imagine where they will go from here. We use them to call, message, bank, book appointments, email, watch videos, they basically control our lives. All of that yet companies such as Apple and Google are still thinking up weird and wonderful ways to make them even better.
As incredible as smartphones are today, what is understandably worrying some people is how much time we spend on them. Most of you reading this are likely doing so on a smartphone. We know how addictive they can be as when we're on our phones we effectively have the whole world at our fingertips. Whether it's mindlessly scrolling through social media or playing an almost infinite amount of games, there is always something to do.
Well, the companies that got us hooked on our phones in the first place are now trying to come up with ways to make us put them down. Most notably, Andy Rubin who was one of the masterminds behind the Android phone during his time with Google. Rubin now works for a company called Essential and while its first offering to the smartphone sphere was a flop, he has high hopes for the second.
Bloomberg recently reported some details on the device that may be unveiled before the end of the year. The main thing that will set it apart from competitors is artificial intelligence. Rubin wants the phone to be a "virtual version of you" and one that will be able " to do things on your behalf." It will monitor how you type and reply to messages and while you're out to dinner or even asleep, it can reply to an email or a text for you.
It all sounds a little like something straight out of an episode of Black Mirror if you ask us. Also, Essential doesn't exactly have the best track record right now. As mentioned above, the company's first smartphone did not go down too well due to its high price and software bugs. It also scrapped plans for a home-speaker project. The AI phone project will likely be Essential's last chance to make a mark in an already crowded market.