That’s horrible. Not a terribly attractive future.
And when you actually look at this, you start to see that the curve is exponential. Which means that if you keep going, let’s say 2035, we could have 1,000 devices per person.
You’re going to get so many notifications that you’re probably not even going to hear them. Your brain will just filter them out.
This is a real problem. And people don’t yet realize this is coming yet. Most people simply accept that that this is just how technology works.
But it’s not how it should work.
A Brighter Future
There is another technology at work here, something called artificial intelligence.
And I’m not talking about the A.I. that wants to turn us all into batteries. I’m talking about the kind of A.I. that wants to make our lives better. An A.I. that can give our devices context awareness.
Removing the Friction
Context awareness is the concept that gives your devices the ability to sense and react to the situation you are currently in.
Context Awareness is the anti-friction. It is how your phone automatically goes to vibrate mode when you’re in a meeting. It’s how you don’t have to actually click on an interrupter when you get in your house.
The time has come.
A.I. has been around since the 1950s, but it has really taken off due to recent advancements. Advancements that will give it an ever-bigger role in our lives.
So right now, and for the next few years, we are going to get more and more friction as new devices roll out.
It’s going to be a bit annoying. Whatever you think you’re experiencing now, it’ll probably get a little worse over the next few years.
But coming in our near future, (A.I.) will become so capable that the value it brings will be more than the friction of all your devices. And at that point, something magical is going to happen.
The golden era.
When that day comes and A.I. starts to really pick up the load, overall friction is going to drop. So the experience of technology — which has being increasing — will suddenly start to drop off.
And because A.I. grows exponentially, friction will quickly drop zero. There will come a time in the future when technology will have no more friction. Thank you, A.I.
This will give rise to an era of ubiquitous computing.
Ubiquitous computing is a point in our near future when computing is always accessible. No matter where you are in your house, or at the office, your car — you name it. No matter where you are, you will always have easy access to the cloud and the near infinite resources it provides.
Whether it’s through smart home assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Home — any question you need answered — or product purchased — or friend connected — is only a conversation away.
For that day to happen we’ll need to be able to add a new device to our lives without adding friction. The device needs to only add value.
And that is what the digital revolution is all about — today.
It’s about using A.I. to make technology disappear in a way you can go about your day and not care about it anymore.
When you go back a couple hundred years ago, there was another very intrusive technology. It was really bad at the time.
It was called electricity.
Electricity — in the beginning — was very difficult to produce and use.
It was very expensive, it was unreliable, it would cut out all the time. And it was dangerous — you could get electrocuted or your house could catch fire.
This was the reality of electricity back in those days.
People thought that oil lamps were actually safer — who would ever want to put an electrical lamp in their walls and risk everything going up in flames?
But as the technology matured, it became cheaper. It became more reliable. It became more accessible.
And today you have it everywhere. Electricity is in your walls, in your phones, you even have it on your heart if you have a pacemaker.
We don’t have to think about electricity anymore. It became ubiquitous, and now it’s all around us — and in us.
We’ve integrated it in our lives in such a way that we forgot about it. It disappeared from our consciousness. And this is exactly the same thing happening with computing — thanks to A.I.
To put it bluntly, computing will simply disappear.
A Rosey Future
And I’m excited about this because it’s not just a question of having your coffee already prepared in the morning.
It’s not just about your car driving itself, and actually knowing where you’re going.
It’s not about that.
It’s about having the freedom to actually enjoy the world in a way that feels unplugged, but yet, has all the convenience and value of technology.
A.I. is a Beautiful Thing
Without A.I., our future could getting really overwhelming, really quickly.
And none of us want that.
We want a future where technology has disappeared — poof, gone.
So we have the freedom to spend our lives enjoying time with the people we care about.
That is our future — with A.I.-powered ubiquitous computing.