My first mobile phone was the Ericsson A1018s. I bought it at a gas station in 1999 when I was 11 years old. Some of its biggest features were changing the ringtone (there were 12 options) and caller ID — impressive, I know. You could also customize the device by getting a keyboard plate with a different color. Technology has come a long way since. Today’s smartphones sport large touchscreen displays, impressive cameras, and high-tech features like 3D facial recognition. While phones were primarily used for making calls back in the day, now we use them for things like listening to music, browsing the web, playing games, and watching cat videos on YouTube.Editor's PickHow sci-fi movies and TV shows have imagined mobile phones, smartphones and tabletsScience fiction often takes a speculative look at the near and far future. Sci-fi comic books, novels, artwork, and especially movies and TV shows, often play with new and cool gadgets we might use in … If you told me back … [Read more...] about What will smartphones of the future look like? Here are 6 (crazy) predictions
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is seemingly everywhere these days, from Siri on an iPhone to calling an Uber or watching that video recommended on Netflix based on predictive algorithms. While AI hasn’t quite taken over just yet, it’s clear that it will become even more deeply embedded in our lives. The banking industry, as much as any other, has the potential to proactively harness AI technology to transform itself, or use it to just keep up or get left behind.With the market changing rapidly not only due to advanced digital technologies, but also emerging competition from fintechs and more knowledgeable, demanding customers, banks are faced with a number of challenges. To maintain market share and profitability in an industry where competing products and services are frequently very similar to their own, banks need to focus on what improves the customer experience to distinguish them from their peers and proactively service their customers. How they adopt and utilise AI is … [Read more...] about The AI revolution is underway – what does the future look like for banks?
Samsung has been aggressively working with many industry partners to bring 5G to the market. The company wants to be a dominant 5G player and has set ambitious goals for itself. It has already conducted several 5G demonstrations with its end-to-end solutions in partnership with numerous carriers around the world. To showcase the potential of what 5G can offer, Samsung has built a ‘5G City’ within Samsung’s ‘Digital City’ in Suwon, Korea. The demo city consists of a 5G Stadium, a 5G Connectivity Node, and a 5G Kiosk. The company published a video of the 5G City today to give a sneak peek into what a city equipped with a 5G communication network looks like. Smart and connected cities The 5G Stadium is intended to demonstrate the 5G internet experience in future stadiums, concerts, conferences, and any other large gatherings. With 5G networks, large crowds can stream high-definition videos simultaneously by using the MIMO (multiple input multiple output) … [Read more...] about Samsung built a ‘5G City’ to show what a 5G future looks like
In a talk at E3 on Tuesday afternoon, Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan discussed the influence of video games on the popular HBO series — including the Grand Theft Auto series, Portal, Perfect Dark, and Bioshock Infinite — and the dangers that loom as artificial intelligence grows more sophisticated. Nolan, who grew up playing video games, says that although the original Westworld 1973 movie written by Michael Crichton preceded the modern video game industry — Pong came out only a year prior, in 1972 — but “what’s incredible about that film is how much [Crichton] intuited about how games would work.” A life-long gamer, Nolan says that he had long wanted to script a video game, but that he had “never realized how frustrating it would be to write a narrative where the only role you don’t get to write is the protagonist” or where the audience can refuse to participate in parts of the story or even kill off scripted … [Read more...] about Westworld creator on the future of AI: ‘We’ll be lucky if the future looks like Westworld’
Chinese firm Meizu has created an eye-catching way to make their headphones stand out – a light-up cable that can glow red or blue for up to five hours.The futuristic-looking earphones are aptly known as Halo, and are wrapped in a light-diffusing fibre made from flexible glass that can be bent and curved.There’s a control on the cable that – in addition to offering the traditional options such as volume control – also includes a switch to turn the lights on and off.The bad news is that for now, the Halo appears to only be going on sale in China, where they’ll cost around £113 when they launch at the end of April. … [Read more...] about These light-up earphones are what listening to music in the future looks like