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Put down your phone if you want to innovate

We live in an interstitial period. In the early 1980s, we entered an era of office computing that culminated in the crash of the Internet bubble, a financial bubble that we reinforced by a 2000 consulting fee and spending on material alongside an irrational exuberance of Pets.com . This last interstitial era, a time in which computers became smaller stranger thinner and more powerful preceded us , after a long period of boredom, in the mobile era in which we exist now. If you want to help innovate over the next decade, it's time to admit that phones, like the desktops that precede them, are a stalemate.

Every decade, we create and touch the limits of our creation. The speed at which we improve – without innovating – increases and the difference between a 2007 iPhone and a modern Pixel 3 is incredible. But what can the Pixel that the original iPhone or Android phones can not? Not a lot.

We are limited by the use cases offered by our current technology. In 1903, a bike was a bike and could not fly. Until the Wright brothers and others convert the mechanical movement into an elevator, we are able to take off. In 2019, a phone is a phone and really can not interact with us as long as it remains a separate part of our body. As long as no one goes beyond these limits, will we be able to flee.

Although I do not ask myself about the future of mobile technology, I'll note that until we put our phones away and look at the world, we will not do anything important. We can take better photos and take FaceTime time, but as long as we do not see the limits of these technologies, we will no longer be able to see the world from the outside.

We are entering a new year (and a new CES ) and we can expect more from the same thing. It is safe and comfortable to stay in the screen-eye-eye link, creating virtual reality devices that are essentially face-stricken phones and big computers pretending to be televisions. What is the next step? Where are these devices going? How are they changing? How to compress and transform user interfaces? Until we actively think about it, we will stay stuck.

Maybe you are here. You should hurry up. If this period ends as quickly and decisively as the previous ones, the available opportunity will be at best limited. Why did not the RV take off? Because he's still on the edge, being explored by people stuck in mobile thinking. Why are machine learning and AI so slow? Because the use cases are aimed at chatbots and better customer interaction. Until we start looking beyond the black mirror (see what I did?) From our phones, the innovation will fail.

Every application launched, every image scrolled, every tap, every moment folded on a stupid improvement of Facebook, is a brick of rampart against a better and unexpected future. So put down your phone this year and build something. Soon, it may be too late.

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