October 22, 2017
We’ve talked previously about how the end of innovative smartphones is pretty much over. Phones have reached their peak and the new stuff coming out isn’t meaningfully better than what existed in previous generations of hardware. The release of the iPhone 8 and X are pretty much the final nails in that coffin.
Google’s new “Pixel 2” phone, however, shows us a glimpse into the strategy that the tech giant is eyeing for the future.
That strategy is artificial intelligence.
As the holiday gadget-buying season approaches, Google’s offerings are starting to look more like what you’d see from Samsung or Apple, not a search giant.
It started this week with the launch of the new Pixel 2 phones, which, despite their ugly designs and iffy screens, got largely positive reviews. Next come a slew of new gadgets — wireless earbuds, an attractive Chromebook, jumbo and mini versions of its Google Home smart speaker, a GoPro-like camera, and a refined version of its virtual-reality headset.
Ah, yes, the Google voluntary spying device. It’s flying off shelves – unironically, too.
Google hinted at why it’s putting so much effort into hardware at its press event earlier this month when it introduced the new Pixels and showed off its other upcoming products. The underlying theme of that event was Google Assistant, the company’s voice-assistant technology that competes with Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri.
Google clearly sees Assistant — and AI more generally — as its next big foundational technology, one that could soon rank up there with its search technology and Android. And reading between the lines of the press event, it seems clear that Google sees its hardware effort as a kind of Trojan Horse for its AI efforts, a way to sneak its assistant and its AI into consumers’ homes and lives.
For all the talk in the tech industry about the new computing devices that could replace the smartphone, such as augmented-reality goggles and smartwatches, the software underlying those devices will likely be more important than the gadgets themselves. Because it’s the intelligence underlying those devices that will truly make them sing.
In the name of convenience, everyone will put microphones in their homes and in their pockets and send all the audio to multinational corporations. Genius.
The next step after the smartphone, for the major tech companies, will be AI. The reason this will be so powerful (and profitable) is that people are lazy, and as soon as you offer them something easier and more convenient, they’ll quickly flock to that option over anything else, regardless of the price.
Basically, instead of searching for stuff and comparing various options, AI platforms will just directly give you what you want, according to their algorithms. So, for example, if you notice you’re out of paper towels, instead of reaching for your phone, opening the Amazon app, searching for towels and then ordering what you want out of the available options, you’ll just say out loud “Google, order a pack of paper towels” and you’ll receive them the next day.
Google might order them on Amazon, or from your local grocery store and have an Uber driver deliver them, or use any other means it finds optimal. It’ll also select which brand and size for you.
Same goes for news and other information. You’ll just ask “what are today’s important news?” and your phone, tv or other screen will be populated with a content feed curated by Google.
People will love this.
And it will also mean that whoever wins the fight for most popular AI platform will henceforth have total control over the economy. Advertising, packaging, distribution agreements, none of that will matter, since the AI will determine what people will buy. So every company in the world will be totally at the mercy of the AI making those purchasing decisions. Every news source will be at the mercy of the AI for its views.
This push for AI in smartphones signals the start of the final phase of the struggle for total control over information, the economy and finance world-wide.
Unfortunately, pretty much every player in this game is either totally kiked, or fully committed to the SJW/globalist agenda. As such, these concerns are actually of vital importance to our struggle.
These are issues we’re going to have to think deeply about – and soon.
Who would think such a small thing would give us so much trouble…