Researchers at Gartner have no qualms about making bold predictions. And their latest prediction shared on Wednesday is as bold as they come.
By 2017, Gartner reports, our smartphones will be entirely smarter than we are.
In qualifying that sweeping generalization, Gartner says that smartphones will be able to predict a consumer’s next move, their next purchase, or interpret actions based on what it knows, Gartner projects.
This insight will be performed based on an individual’s data gathered using cognizant computing — the next step in personal cloud computing.
“Smartphones are becoming smarter, and will be smarter than you by 2017,” says 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.”
Gartner analysts are examining the future of smart devices at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013, which is taking place in Barcelona Spain this week.
“Mobile phones have turned into smartphones thanks to two things: technology and apps,” added Milanesi. “Technology has added features such as cameras, locations and sensors, while apps have connected those to an array of functions that, for the most part, add and improve our day to day life from a social, knowledge, entertainment and productivity point of view… We assume that apps will acquire knowledge over time and get better with improved predictions of what users need and want, with data collection and response happening in real-time.”