It may be hard to believe that someday the phone, tablet or computer you use every day will become obsolete, but the reality is, with the way technology rapidly advances, the device you’re reading this article on likely became outdated the moment you stepped out of the store with it. That realization may be frustrating from a consumer perspective, but when considering how many technological developments have improved day-to-day life over the years, it may be a little easier to get excited about the “next big thing” on the horizon.
Of course, with every “next big thing,” something gets replaced. What’s the new obsolete technology of 2019? There’s no real way of knowing what that will be until it happens. In the meantime, we can speculate about what technology is on the horizon.
Ease of Use Upgrades
Today’s technology develops at an exponential rate, according to Dr. Gabriel Giordano, an associate professor at Ohio University’s online Master’s of Business Administration. It doesn’t matter how fast things change, though, if people are unwilling to give them a shot.
“Adoption largely comes from how easy-to-use and useful people perceive technologies to be, as well as how accessible they are (compared to existing tools),” Giordano tells Parentology. While innovators may be able to update the technology of say, a microwave, they haven’t found a way to increase its ease-of-use or usefulness. Which is why some technology seems to stagnate, while others, like cell phones, have taken off.
How Rapid Developments Work
Much of the innovation that takes place on products happens at a software level, something Giordano says prevents us from realizing how quickly things are developing.
“Software innovation has changed the way we consume video (streaming services) and buy things (from large online marketplaces),” he says.
Both of these services, Giordano points out, are powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, which help us to find the best fits in content and goods. Software that seemingly didn’t exist one moment, then came in and changed the way an entire generation watches movies and shops for products.
“Businesses using these tools are able to offer more selection, better recommendations, lower prices, and better reviews than ever before, and they keep getting better at a faster rate as they get more data.”
Outgoing: Obsolete Technology 2019
It’s easy to point to things like VCRs and “home phones” when you think of the technology of a bygone era, but Giordano predicts the next wave of outgoing technology will be things like having separate apps for all the “smart things” in our lives. Instead, he predicts we’ll start to see the emergence of platforms that help us better understand all the data and controls we have for different the different parts of our lives (like home, health, school, etc…).
As AI continues to increase the rate at which software can process unstructured data, Giordano predicts things like keyboards and other manual input devices will become obsolete.
The ‘Next Big Thing’
Joshua Weiss, the CEO of TeliApp, thinks smartphones and computers are going to undergo major advancements in the future. “They will ultimately be consolidated into one small handheld device no bigger than a smartphone,” he says, “but the display will be built into glasses and contact lenses to enable a completely new era of augmented reality.”
Weiss also predicts that large digital billboards will be replaced with floating augmented reality billboards.
If you were wondering what could possibly replace a keyboard, Weiss says it will be a device similar in size to a watch, which will allow you to input data using hand gestures.