The sophistication of our mobile devices has grown in the last decade -- but they are set to predict our next move, purchase and action in the future.
According to research firm Gartner, our smartphones, tablets and "phablets" will utilize cognizant computing -- the next step in personal cloud computing -- by 2017, rendering them capable of predicting our next move based on what it knows.
"Smartphones are becoming smarter, and will be smarter than you by 2017," said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner. "If there is heavy traffic, it will wake you up early for a meeting with your boss, or simply send an apology if it is a meeting with your colleague. The smartphone will gather contextual information from its calendar, its sensors, the user's location and personal data."
By adding an array of features to mobile devices including GPS trackers, cameras, apps and sensors that can improve and record our daily lives and browsing habits, the addition of personal cloud computing gives applications the opportunity to acquire knowledge over time and predict what we need and want in real-time.
Gartner says that the first services that will be performed will generally revolve around menial tasks -- such as creating a weekly to-do list or sending birthday messages. However, this type of activity outsourcing will eventually allow a greater array of apps and services to take control of other aspects of a user's life.
By 2017, as cognizant computing develops to perform these tasks, data stored in the cloud will also allow devices to make sense of information gathered. The concept consists of four stages, as pictured below:
Gartner expects cognizant computing to impact the market in two main ways. Hardware vendors will face a battle as consumers shift to services and apps rather than focusing on the physical product itself, and an increase in consumer spending within the app ecosystem is expected -- especially as mobile devices and financial accounts more commonly become linked.
While the research firm says that privacy is likely to be an issue for some consumers, convenience is likely to give mobile users the reason for giving up private data. Actions that are unthinkable today might become old hat in the next five years -- just as smartphone cameras are now commonplace and acceptable, continual GPS tracking, for example, might be next.
"Smartphones, their technology and operating systems have been radically changing other devices from PCs to televisions. The era of personal cloud is empowering users as well as devices to get access to and share more and more data. Over the next five years, the data that is available about us, our likes and dislikes, our environment and relationships will be used by our devices to grow their relevance and ultimately improve our life."
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