We asked leading experts of the telecommunications industry to explain what they think the mobile ecosystem will look like in 2030. Ari Popper, CEO of SciFutures contributes the following:

By 2030, mobile will no longer only be associated with a phone or tablet. Content will be intelligent, ethical and personalized. Interactions will be immersive, seamless and ubiquitous and will feel intuitive and helpful. It will improve significantly with each interaction. Even before Mary wakes up each morning, Mary’s ‘datasphere’ will have curated personalized content for her immediate needs based on her explicit preferences as well as implicit requirements that it has learned over time through her behavior and contextual and personal data that has been ethically derived (like her biometrics, social networks and personality profile). By 2030, high bandwidth content should be able to shift seamlessly from mobile screens (tablets, handheld devices), to walls, bathroom mirrors, holographics and to wearables (smart glasses or even contacts lenses). AR overlays will be far more common. Her feed will ensure that she is exposed to content that provides her the most relevant information given her immediate needs but more importantly, will also help her manage her mental outlook so that she gets into the right “head space” considering ever changing context as well as her needs for that day, week and the months ahead. Mary will interact with her ‘datasphere’ either through subvocalizations, subliminal gestures and by 2030, she may interact via her thoughts and mental intentions. New breakthroughs in haptics and holographic tech will give her the ability to meaningfully connect with others not physically present. Mary may commute to an office where her ‘datasphere’ will remain consistently present (for example the Autonomous Uber Drone that takes her to work may synch her datasphere on entry or she may work from home where here office space will intelligently synch with her employers ‘datasphere’ and her daughter’s school’s ‘datasphere’). ‘Datasphere’ ecosystems will compete with each other in a free market by being the most ethical, intuitive and helpful and will probably be dominated by the big tech firms we know today along with one or two new upstarts. 

Ari Popper is the Founder and CEO of SciFutures, an award-winning innovation firm that uses science-fiction prototyping to help accelerate innovation. Ari and his team work with large companies and organizations like Visa, Hershey’s, Ford and NATO. In 2011, Ari invented the idea of SciFutures in a science fiction writing class where he was inspired by the power of science fiction to render the future in visceral and tangible way that leads to a deeper understanding of possibilities.

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