Home / Technology / News /  Opinion | Smartphones can offer infinite possibilities, but tech synchronization is key

It’s a typical weekday and my six-year-old daughter is ready for school. Armed with crayons, her ballet uniform and, of course, her study tablet, she heads to her school that promises a perfect curriculum which marries nuances of technology and culture together. When I look back at our school lives, while our choices were more straightforward, we were neither trained to make a conscious choice between the business of life and technology nor asked to be brave and experiment with the newer or “unknown" forms of science.

However, with the newer generation being aligned to what technology can offer at such a nascent stage, there are more inspiring stories of technology having impacted lives coming into the picture. Technology can no longer be seen in silos. It’s grown to reflect on our brave new world, a world that promises excellence coupled with imagination.

Both science and art—the two strongest pillars on any society are human efforts to comprehend and describe the world around us. The subjects and methods have different traditions, and the intended audiences are different, but I think the motivations and goals are fundamentally the same. Both artists and scientists strive to see the world in new ways and to communicate that vision. This brings me to what lies at the core of it—rebellion and bravery.

It was a sign of rebellion from traditional confirmative ways of communication when scientists developed the Morse code, the telephone, the telegraph or the radio. We were then introduced to home PCs, the World Wide Web and 2G enabled cell phones. This meant for a behemoth shift in perception of what technology could allow for the society at large. Consumers and businesses alike flourished because of the ease that science got them.

Today in the 21st century, we see artificial intelligence (AI) take centre stage. Smartphones and how they interact with the user has also, therefore changed. How many of you remember the movie Total Recall? It was released in 1990 where Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character Douglas Quaid went on a memory trip to Mars as a secret agent. In the 1990 big-budget movie, Douglas got into a self-driving car called Johnny cab, with a robot taxi driver showing him around the town. While this was fiction then, a lot of it is a reality today. If you look around, you will find AI everywhere—be it the smartphone you use, the digital watch you wear, the driverless cars being designed, or the appliances you use at home.

AI cannot be about a feature, it has to be about better experiences. AI has been deployed to make the user experience seamless. We are re-writing the face of mobile history with chipsets that are designed to manage heavy mobile gaming and provide a more optimized and a lag-free experience. These chipsets are also powered to process rapidly pictures and data from images.

The future ahead

While we will see multiple hardware and software-led innovations, what more can smartphones offer and how much is probable? Well, the answer is—infinite possibilities. Gaming-led innovation is a subset of what we will witness. The real change will be in bringing the broader ecosystem together that involves augmented gaming, the future of connectivity and much more. Smartphones of the future will also be able to offer new experiences like augmented and virtual reality and provide higher levels of personalization based on self-learning users’ preferences.

Technologies and management theories that are bound to past constraints and paradigms won’t work anymore. What will work is the courage to embed the intelligence inherent in digitally-augmented decision-making capabilities into your daily life at a granular level.

David Li is vice-president (global) of Black Shark.

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