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Forget wearables - the first implanted phone may be in you by 2023, claim experts

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Forget wearables - the first implanted phone may be in you by 2023, claim experts
The original iPhone was announced back in 2007, the first Android came in 2008, and it didn't take long for the industry to explode with innovation to the state we are now, when the market for smartphones has already started maturing - just a few short years after those disruption. That is why when some of the most influential minds in technology, business and politics are predicting trends that will emerge in the next few years, one ought to listen, rather than dismiss them as wishful thinking.

Around the World Economic Forum congregation in Davos, about 800 experts and executives have been surveyed on the overarching trends that will shape the technology of the future, and two years piqued our attention in their predictions - 2022 and 2023. As you can see in the timeline below, 2022 is dubbed as the threshold year when wearable Internet is forecast to reach its tipping point. The next year, the experts expect the same thing to happen with three other trends - implantable technologies, vision as the new interface, and having a super computer (by today's standards) in your pocket.

It's not really a stretch to go from here to the notion that in the near future we will be able to have a lot of the technologies that comprise our smartphones in a wearable, or even implanted, format. For example, the "vision as the new interface" trend would translate to about 10% of reading glasses being connected to the Internet in some shape or form by 2023, claims the survey. Think ubiquitous Google Glass, or even Microsoft's HoloLens. That same year, according to the experts, we will have the first commercially available implanted smartphones. Wait, what? In a nutshell:

People are becoming more and more connected to devices, and those devices are increasingly becoming connected to their bodies. Devices are not just being worn, but also being implanted into bodies, serving communications, location and behaviour monitoring, and health functions... Smart tattoos and other unique chips could help with identification and location. Implanted devices will likely also help to communicate thoughts normally expressed verbally through a “built-in” smartphone, and potentially unexpressed thoughts or moods by reading brainwaves and other signals.

There you have it, forget about the missing audio jack on the iPhone 7, or the eventual iris scanner on the Galaxy S7 - the phone of the future might be embedded directly in you, and who knows if in the next seven years it will even be the same companies we are currently obsessing about that will make this possible. You think you have an upgrade dilemma between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s now? Imagine what will happen then.

Forget wearables - the first implanted phone may be in you by 2023, claim experts

source: WEForum.org (PDF) via Cnet

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posted on 20 Jan 2016, 09:55 2

1. Feanor (Posts: 710; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


If I had to upgrade my implantable at the same rate I upgrade my smartphone, I'd have an operation every six months. :-))

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 10:18 6

4. Bm888 (Posts: 501; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


Does this mean.. Illuminati is slowly ruling the world? Think abt bit coins, implants, thumb prints, iris scanners..attached to the 666,system,.. Well Revelation is here with us...

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 10:21 2

8. xq10xa (Posts: 692; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Just like in da biiiiibleeeee. Repent!

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 11:03 3

11. Feanor (Posts: 710; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


True... I heard this story since 1990. Creepy.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 13:00

22. JC557 (Posts: 1518; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Adam Jensen: I never asked for this.
JC Denton: What a shame...

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 15:50 1

27. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1130; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


they seeem to slowly try to make you want their friggin implant just like the Bible says....in your right hand wrist area mark of the beast....Government controlled. Just like the movie Logans run where everyone is connected and must turn in to die at age 25....not so extreme but tracked the same nontheless

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 16:36

29. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


am all about the illuminati pissed that religion got away with so much but cant do anything about it yet.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 20:31 1

31. warrenellis93 (Posts: 161; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


No one will be able to by or sell unless they take the mark of the beast in their hand or forehead. Prophecy from thousands of years ago we could see happen with technology in our life time

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 11:13

13. AlikMalix (Posts: 5868; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Nah.. More like the young kids bragging about their bigger storage and faster internet than the older folks that got the early models.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 10:13

2. Iodine (Posts: 1331; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


I phone

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 10:17

3. Fissionline (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Apr 2015)


Eye Phone ;)

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 10:18 2

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3761; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Huh uh! I'd rather use something that I can operate outside of my body rather than implant something which can turn disastrous!

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 10:21 10

9. xq10xa (Posts: 692; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Imagine it overheats. You're like running around and screaming..........it burns!

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 12:09 6

20. Wiencon (Posts: 1876; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


"Process com.android.brain has stopped"

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 10:19

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3761; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Huh uh! I'd rather use something that I can operate outside of my body rather than implant something which can turn disastrous!

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 13:49 1

25. Brewski (Posts: 350; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


Why did you feel the need to post this twice?

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 03:25

37. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3761; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I didn't feel the 'need' to post it twice. It just happened after I clicked Post Comment.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 10:20

7. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 294; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


haha :D

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 10:31

10. carlemillward (unregistered)


I guess people won't complain about design and calling it a clone.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 11:10 3

12. AlikMalix (Posts: 5868; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


They already posted this prediction a while back. The Bible already mentioned this 2000 years ago apparently. It will allow you to make payments, track your financials and also ID you, among other things. Really quickly it will become mandatory as it will prove to cut down on crime because of tracking capabilities. You do get a choice to implent it into your head or the right hand (I think) - being its a phone, that makes sense.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 11:43 2

17. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 545; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Yeah. It's a shame most of these people think it's another tech thing, and have no clue that this sort of thing has been talked about thousands of years ago. I'm not getting it.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 20:40 1

32. warrenellis93 (Posts: 161; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


The bible just says you wont be able to buy or sell without the mark of the beast on your hand or forehead, which i agree is something technological.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 11:14 12

14. Charlie2k (Posts: 43; Member since: 11 Jan 2016)


Really sick intro of the article.
The iPhone from 2007 could do LESS than the Sony Ericsson p800 from 2002. The first iPhone was a featurephone, not a smartphone. So I have no idea what the supposedly huge innovations they are refering to in the article.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 21:50

34. ibend (Posts: 4596; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


its still arguable about what is the first smartphone? since PDA at that time can edit word and excel document, and have tons of productivity app..
meanwhile iOS is still the same as BadaOS, and symbian.. and smartphone capability is growing fast after Android launch

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 00:23

35. AlikMalix (Posts: 5868; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


What did android add to the smartphone that sped it up? Was it android market with 3rd party apps? Was it multitouch? Music player? Calling/texting? Was it visual voicemail? Was it camera, and editing capabilities? Was it ability to bank from your phone? Search the Internet displaying full pages? Ability to pinch and zoom? Even google services were on the iPhone before android launched. What was it that android added that made smartphone capability to "grow fast" all of a sudden?

Or is it just zealous fanboy brain trying to spin something that belongs to iPhone. Saying smartphone capabilities matter only after android launched (instead of iPhone) is like saying Android deserves the credit for replacing horse&carriage with automobile because they added door handles after the cars became a mainstream product.

Widgets? That's it - epitome of modern technology, right?

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 00:28

36. AlikMalix (Posts: 5868; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


And what did android do in 2007 that was better than Sony erricsson p800? Oh wait...

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 11:23 5

15. atlvideoguy (Posts: 63; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


What if you get hacked, then you can't get rid of the voices inside your head!!!

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 17:48 1

30. boostedDroid (Posts: 23; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


I like the voices in my head. They're my friends.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 11:23 1

16. vuyonc (Posts: 1014; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Feeling nostalgic about Ghost in the Shell LOL

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 11:46

18. htcisthebest (Posts: 197; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


I've never cared about wearables. Smartwatches are one of the dumbest inventions.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 11:47

19. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Can this technology make my p***s bigger than BBC?

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 12:47

21. FReDcc (Posts: 57; Member since: 11 Jun 2015)


Nooicee....

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 13:02 2

23. LetThereBeLight (Posts: 80; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


OK this is seriously frightening...

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 13:08 1

24. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2473; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


With Implants I Can Be Like Kiera In Continuum.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 14:33 1

26. acruzlu (Posts: 98; Member since: 12 Aug 2015)


Apple can release the 'eyePhone'.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 16:22

28. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


Terminators?

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 21:45

33. ibend (Posts: 4596; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


2028 : Skynet
2050 : Umbrella Corp.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 06:35

38. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)


I highly doubt it would be released to the public so soon. Technology isn't developed and released to the masses immediately. For example, True driverless cars have existed since the 1980s, but it isn't until the end of this decade where they work well enough to be safely sold commercially.

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