We had computers on our desks, then our laps, then in our pockets. Starting now, computers aren’t a thing anymore. They’re everything. And everything will be listening, from your phone to your speakers to your TV. All those devices will get smarter and more personal too: Order “the usual” and they’ll know you mean a large Hawaiian, side of breadsticks. You won’t even have to know which device you’re talking to. Just shout your wishes into the air and wait for them to come true.
1. The Bluedouches will take over
Your headphones will be wireless. And you’ll never stop wearing them, because they’ll connect to your voice assistant, your fitness tracker, and your universal translator. Last time we tried the “wear something in your ears all the time” thing, we got the Bluedouches. Guess that’s all of us now.
2. Your clothes will be gadgets
Thanks to tiny batteries and tinier sensors, your Under Armour shoes will tell you how many steps you took, and you’ll change the song by swiping your hand across the sleeve of your Levi’s jacket. Because fitness bands will refuse to die.
3. Your house will be smart …
Telling Alexa to turn off the lights is just a first step toward Alexa knowing when to turn them off without you even asking—right before starting the popcorn and loading the next episode of The Man in the High Castle.
4. … But your smart home will be weaponized
Connectivity opens smart home devices to cyberattacks. While your Nest is likely safe (you’re receiving automatic security updates, right?), most internet-of-things things can be vulnerable. Hackers have used exploits to cut heat to entire apartment buildings during freezing conditions, mess with fire alarms, and conscript IoT devices into malicious botnets.
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