Smartphones in the Next Decade

Smartphones have changed the way the world works, changed our lives and have made humans more productive, these are some of the many advantages of a smart phone. Over the years, people desired smart phones to have better capabilities, to have better cameras, better everything.

Apple was the pioneer of the smartphone and since that time, they have evolved pretty fast, and each year, we used to see great improvements in them, but things have reached a point of saturation in terms of hardware. People wanted phones to have superb cameras which could capture low-light pictures beautifully, Samsung and Apple have done it. People wanted phones with a good set of features, nowadays almost every other phone has them. People wanted phones to be comfortable to hold, beautiful to see and handy to use. We even wanted good phones at cheap prices, this demand has also been fulfilled with the entrance of global Chinese brands into smartphones like OnePlus and Xiaomi.

Nowadays upgrades are a bit overboard, I don’t understand the point of buying phones with a 6 GB RAM, if you are a normal person, you don’t need that much RAM, you can go with 3 GB also. It’s not like people are going to code on the phone itself. What I mean to say is that further upgradations in phones which grab the world’s attention, is not possible. I’ve seen reports that maybe the IPhone 8 will have an iris scanner, I mean, we are not presidents of a country that we’ll take so much security. All these developments are dull and excitement about phones seems to have died down.

The hardware configurations from major companies are beginning to look the same, and perform almost similar functions. Have you looked at the advertisements for phones, they talk about Megapixels in the camera, their screen size blah blah blah… This situation may be a bad news for the manufacturers but is good for the users as these phones have become low-cost and can now be embraced by the masses.

Ironically, the most exciting announcement for phones last year was when Google released the Nougat update in 2016, it has nothing to with hardware, it’s all about software. Yet, it was the only major development in phones in the latter part of last year. So, I think that software is what will improve phones now. The next big thing in the mobile industry is going to be Artificial Intelligence.

Would anyone like to ask about Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality, how would we have advancements in those? Well, they don’t require major hardware upgrades, they require updates in the software so as to make phones compatible with VR Headsets, it is not going to be that our phones will become the headsets, nope, phones will remain the same.

Artificial Intelligence, once a thing of science fiction is now gathering momentum in mainstream human life. With the entire world being connected with the Internet and the daily-enhancing deep learning capabilities of machines will drive the AI experience.

Major smartphone companies seem to have realized the immense potential in that field. Currently, there are only two personal assistants in the smartphone industry, Siri, which is present only on Apple phones and Google Assistant which for now is limited to a few high-end phones. (Even Again has launched Alexa for smartphones but it is not that popular on phone as of now) Samsung is working on its own personal assistant and so is Nokia, the area is just starting to heat up for major tech companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft as newer assistants take to the market.

I myself have used the Google Assistant but only for entertainment but as Chatbots like these gain importance, everything which we do now like searching the net for best deals, exploring for ideal holiday vacations or simply booking a movie ticket or a cab without opening any other app. These AI programs can mimic a person’s brain’s behavior and look up exciting destinations based on the person’s preferences according to previous trips.

Chatbots can be employed as all-in support staff to help solve various technical issues with phones or desktops. As AI expands, it will require efficiency in storage of data and this will be stored on the cloud. At first such powerful assistants will require more power, but as the world moves, their power requirements will decrease.

I envision the future as waking up in the morning with an alarm set by the bot. As I talk to the bot while eating breakfast, it will pop up reminders for the day, play soothing music through the connected sound system across the house and might as well pay for bills on its own. If I want to spend leisure time, it could recommend good movies running in theatres according to the many critic reviews on the net or suggest places for day trips or maybe calling over friends. As I get ready to go out, it would book a cab for me and if I’m not eating at home, maybe reserve a table at a restaurant. It could help realize if I’m are stressed by gauging on our activities on the phone and could help me concentrate while working by disabling the phone, except the necessary items. It could help save lots of electricity by being able to turn off all systems when not in use and dim the lights as I go to sleep. Okay, enough with the visions of future, let’s talk reality. 

In a few years, it might be that people will be looking at the capabilities of the personal assistant integrated with that phone before buying one. Companies will have more enticing ads about the capabilities of their phones to assist in daily work rather than a boring ad about a selfie-flash. xD

Comments are welcome. 💯

Song Essentials June ’17

Don’t you all get scolded by your parents about how much time you spend on the net, searching and listening to new songs by new artists? I have always been a music enthusiast and also am a vocalist, guitarist and pianist so multiply the rebuking by three. 😄

The month of June was particularly exciting for me with Imagine Dragons dropping their third album Evolve. It has a series of amazing singles starting with Thunder which ironically was one of the only songs which I didn’t like so much. The song of the month for many was Despacito ft. Justin Bieber but I like the original one more.

There are some songs which I enjoyed listening to and will list them for you. These songs are the not so common ones, I will also talk about the popular but common songs which got a lot of attention. Pun intended.

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Reservoirs of a Millennia Ago

After the reign of the Khmer Rouge ended, Angkor was not yet ready for exploration as the last groups of the Khmer Rouge with their leader Pol Pot made their last stand in the Kulen Hills. Only after the death of Pol Pot that it became safe for exploring, archaeologists started returning to Angkor to once again explore the Khmer history.

The one advantage of this was that by this time, new technologies had emerged which would make exploration of the area a lot faster and easier. NASA had developed ground-sensing radar in 1960s and this was brought into play for exploring Angkor only in 2007. This technology was particularly conducted by helicopters flying above Angkor. With this immense technology in hand, the archaeologists figured out that Angkor was not just something big, it was an extensive city as big as any modern day metropolis.

At the epicentre of this city was the temple of Angkor Wat and closer to that, the fortified area of Angkor Thom. The city was spread out far and wide. Well, when you think of such an extensive area, it would require all the necessities to support the booming population of that city. The most important in this region was water, Cambodia was and still is a monsoon-dependent country for water. Even other economic activities, mainly cultivation of rice were governed by this.

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Cambodian Civil War and Angkor

After Angkor became popular in Europe, the French sent missions on foot to map the Cambodian forests around the temple of Angkor Wat. Many archaeologists went to Angkor working on restoring the ancient temples. As the archaeologists found more temples and remains of the great Barays, which are man-made reservoirs, it became clear that they were no longer looking at a cluster of temples but something bigger. 

But, all this work had to be stopped in 1967 due to Cambodian Civil War which resulted in the rule of the communist organisation called the Khmer Rouge. From 1975 – 1979 was one of the deadliest times in Cambodian history, millions of people were killed during this war by the Khmer Rouge which was led by Pol Pot.

Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge Leader

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The Angkorian Empire – Discovery

Have you heard of the Angkorian Empire, if you haven’t, then you would definitely have some clue about Angkor Wat, if not even that, then you shouldn’t read this anymore. Blunt, I know, but that’s the way I would I will prefer it. But if you still want to read, then go on, this is everyone’s right. 

Angkor Wat

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Doctor Strange: A Review

“Now, what’s this, my mantra? The Wi-Fi password, we’re not savages”. It is in the city of Kathmandu, where Doctor Stephen Strange goes to cure his body and where he realises the power of ‘mantras and chakras’ and learns the mystical arts.

For once, this movie has drifted our attention away from the city-levelling avengers, to others as powerful. And for the record, the word, “Avengers” is used just once. By keeping Dr. Strange small is the reason for it being big.

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Autonomous Vehicles are taking the Wheel

Thought of as science fantasy a decade ago, it is now reality. It has been a year of major advancements in autonomous driving technology. What is an Autonomous Vehicle? A vehicle which is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. These cars use a variety of techniques to detect surroundings such as radar, lidar, GPS and computer vision.

Tesla with its Model S in Autonomous Mode has clocked in around 70 million miles in different conditions though it is currently facing legal lawsuits relating to reliability of its software. Ride-Hailing startup Uber has tested its Self-Driving Cars on the roads of Pittsburgh and California (Not properly though) and has purchased a company called Otto which hauled 50,000 beers across Colorado with nobody in the truck. Technology giant, Google has been testing self-driving since 2008 and has created Waymo; a stand-alone company for self-driving cars under Alphabet.

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