HWM (Singapore) - - Ed's Note - Zachary Chan EDI­TOR

Last month, I talked about how tech­nol­ogy has per­me­ated ev­ery as­pect of our lives. As a pro­po­nent of tech­nol­ogy be­ing an en­abler, I of course wel­come this brave, new mod­ern world. But… We’ve all watched enough sci-fi to know that one of th­ese days, hu­man­ity will be en­slaved by our robot over­lords. Some might say that this day has al­ready come to pass.

While we’re look­ing over our shoul­ders for that global, ex­tinc­tion-level event such as Judge­ment Day from the Ter­mi­na­tor movie fran­chise and sen­tient killer ro­bots to de­scend from the skies, we fail to see that tech­nol­ogy is ac­tu­ally a sneaky bas­tard and have been us­ing us all along. Think The Ma­trix in­stead.

What I’m talk­ing about is the ubiq­ui­tous smart­phone. Ev­ery­where you go to­day, you’ll no­tice peo­ple glued to the soft sooth­ing lights of their smart­phone screens – read­ing, view­ing, tap­ping and swip­ing at what­ever our mo­bile masters ask of us. I too, of­ten par­take in this guilty plea­sure and think noth­ing of it.

Never be­fore have there been any one de­vice that could en­cap­su­late an en­tire ex­is­tence as the smart­phone to­day can. As we ex­plore new fron­tiers of mo­bile de­vel­op­ments in this is­sue of HWM, from smarter cog­ni­tive pro­ces­sors to vir­tual re­al­ity to ex­panded on­line ser­vices, there is a re­al­iza­tion that the day is soon ap­proach­ing that you can truly live off a smart­phone alone.

In fact, we prob­a­bly al­ready do. So­cial, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, pro­duc­tiv­ity, en­ter­tain­ment, fi­nance, fit­ness, travel, re­tail; name one es­sen­tial ser­vice that your smart­phone can­not yet do for you.

It won’t cook your food you say? Well, I’m pretty sure there’s an app for that too. De­liv­ery is just a tap away af­ter all.

The con­ve­nience of on­line, on-de­mand ac­cess to ser­vices both lo­cal and global has made our world a smaller place. But, who is re­ally the mas­ter here?

Blue pill, red pill. It’s just a mat­ter of per­spec­tive.

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