The future of technology promises more and more seamless daily interactions. Pee on your phone, test for STDS. Or perhaps more widely appealing, ditch your wallet for all-in-one easy mobility.
The New York Times reports:
"The newest version of Android, Google's mobile phone operating system, code-named Gingerbread, will come out in a few weeks, CEO Eric Schmidt said. It will include near-field communication technology, which lets people tap their phones on a symbol in the real world to make something happen.
Below, Schmidt demonstrates it onstage using 'an unannounced device that I carry around with me' with tape covering identifying words. The phone was assumed to be the next Nexus, following the Nexus One, Google's Android phone."
Personally, I invite anything that reduces the amount of clutter I have to carry around with me. But notably, Wired's Ryan Singel has a different take on the matter:
"Schmidt imagines a future where mobile users who opt-in to getting notices and suggestions will have local merchants sending targeted deals their way. Companies with smart algorithms and knowledge of your likes and dislikes (say Google) can send you suggestions — such as where you might like to go for a coffee, or even remind you that you needed dental floss and there's a drug store around the corner having a sale on it..." (read more)
What do you think? Is Google growing into an even bigger, scarier Big Brother?