Will artificial intelligence kill the smartphone?

Could the smartphone already be outdated technology? Artificial intelligence and virtual reality headsets, not your smartphone, could be the way you access entertainment, apps and services by the end of the decade. That’s the view of half of all smartphone users surveyed by Ericsson as part of its ’10 Hot Consumer trends for 2016′ report. They think the smartphone screen will disappear in five years’ time, to be replaced by AI as the main way of interacting with the Internet and communicating with devices at home. Still, predicting the death of the ubiquitous device may be as premature as heralding the demise of the PC, television, or even radio. Tech consultancy Gartner predicts consumers will have more than three mobile devices connected to the Internet in five years’ time. It…

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