I'm not sure whether telephones will be very different in 2020. Some already tried to create alternatives design such as the round phone the Runcible but will it actually lead to so different phones in such a few years? As far as I'm following a lecture in future studies, I'm not sure. Nowadays big mobile phone industries keep selling new phones that seems to be perfect lookalikes.
Yet over twenty years that can be different. Think about how different mobile phones might be between 2020 and 2040. Indeed, twenty years ago, I wasn't even born, but mobile phones were rare, smartphones didn't even exist. Twenty years is enough time over which technological breakthroughs might appear.
Starting from 2020, what may phones look like in 2040 in a world of scarcity, wearability and phone pollution aware politicians?
- Maybe wearable phones such as watch phones might shaken people's curiosity and lead to further development?
- However resources to build such phones might become scarcer and scarcer leading to restrain research and development in mobile phones?
- Politicians may found that the number of phones are too numerous and represent a threat to the environment?
Therefore, starting from our phones what would communication look like given these constraints. You may divert a little from the constraints above, but still keep it realistic!
A perfect answer that would fit this question should be scientifically based and economically driven or sociologically explained. Feel free to give any technical details but feel like being at the top of the Futures studies department of any tech companies, from a start-up to a large company.