In January 2007 Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, flaunted a device of plastic, metal and silicon to usher in the dawn of the Planet of the Smartphones. “This will change everything,” he promised. Eight years later the Apple iPhone defines early 21st century technology.
The fastest selling gadget in history quickly outstripped its predecessor the cell phone and they outsell personal computers four to one. About half the American adult population owns a smartphone and by 2020 it’s expected to be more like 80%. They’ve become part of every aspect the current generation’s daily life and they spend two hours of every day buried in one. About 10% admit to having used it during sex.
This small power-house has access to more number-crunching capacity than NASA had when men went to the moon in 1969. One reason for this is the cost of transmitting data has dropped drastically, in 2005 delivering one megabyte wirelessly cost about $8 but now it only a few cents and still falling.
But the future holds some issues such as “text neck” (hunching over smartphones stresses the spine), “nomophobia” (users finding themselves empty-handed). But the serious issue is privacy (the person next to you publishing your most private or embarrassing moments).
Your smartphone privacy has three issues beating-up-on-it. (1) Smartphones are the only vehicle that can bring societies billions online. (2) Global social sciences require personal data to shape a better tomorrow for human interaction and longevity. (3) Smartphones have already begun a positive transformation of society within developing countries. Its effect can only be described as unprecedented.
Smartphone are obviously here to stay therefore societies must develop new norms and business must learn how to balance privacy & profit. Governments need to step-up and define what is acceptable and what is not.
Read Article (Staff | economist.com | 02/28/2015)
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