Around the time users are prepping to purchase their iPhone 9s and 9 Pluses (9 Minuses, perhaps?), there’s a real chance—according to a new report from Ericsson’s ConsumerLab Insights department—that smartphones could already be on the way out. Heck, we might not even make it to the iPhone 9, if what consumers predict will happen actually comes true.
In it’s newly released 2016 trends report, which surveyed more than 100,00 consumers in over 40 countries and 15 “megacities,” Ericsson found that half of current smartphone users believe the technology will be a thing of the past by 2021.
OK. So what will fill the void left by not having a tiny screen in front of our faces every waking moment? How about artificial intelligence. According to the Ericsson report, smartphone users believe AI will take over many common activities like searching the internet, getting travel guidance assistance, and other tasks. And these are tasks that, as Ericsson noted in the report, are already being addressed by current generation AI interfaces in smartphones.