How Smart is Your Smartphone?
The truth is that, most of the time, our smartphones, well… they aren’t that smart. They’re not intelligent devices. They’re only smart in the extent that they’re internet-connected, so the term exists to differentiate such a device from the previously existing phones that were designed for calling (and, subsequently, texting).
Phones just for talking to people. I know – quaint, right?
To be fair, smartphones are about as smart, generally speaking, as our computers, our tablets, or our cable boxes, but I’ve never referred to my post-internet computers as “smart computers”. Online capability is just a function that, at this point, all modern computers have, just as in the near future, all phones will likely be what we refer to today as smartphones.
Our tech devices have become excellent instruction takers, yes, and we’ve found more and more ways to interact them them – for instance, I can interact with my TV and cable via a remote control, voice control, website, or mobile application – as well as found ways for these devices to interact with each other.
In some cases, specific websites and applications have become very good at suggesting things that we might like. I’ve been extremely impressed with Amazon’s ability to successfully link products based on search and purchase history, and music services like Pandora, Spotify, and Google All Access do a great job assembling music stations and suggestions that appear curated but are actually created via algorithm.
But smart? Truly smart, as in exhibiting intelligence? Nope.
Well, actually… maybe.