In my last several talks on Mobile Usability, I’ve often referred to the Mobile Smartphone Era as the Cambrian XBOSoft Knowledge Center - BlogPeriod of modern days. I ask students in my tutorial if they are aware of the Cambrian and what happened. Most of them don’t know. But if I asked the question, “Did you go fossil hunting when you were a kid?” I’m sure that many would have a different answer.

 What occurred during the Cambrian Period was an explosion of life. Why? Because the conditions were perfect.

Similar to Trilobites - Mobile Phones Become Extinct Fast

Trilobite Fossil from the Cambrian Era

 “This period lasted about 53 million years and marked a dramatic burst of evolutionary changes in life on Earth, known as the “Cambrian Explosion.” Among the animals that evolved during this period were the chordates, animals with a dorsal nerve cord; hard-bodied brachiopods, which resembled clams; and arthropods, ancestors of spiders, insects and crustaceans.”1
As a kid you looked for fossils from this period. I’m starting to think, what will kids 50 years from now find? A big heap of iPhones? Will someone find my iPhone 3GS?

The Proliferation of Life in the Mobile Smartphone Era

Going back to Mobile Smartphones, what conditions have led to the proliferation of life (“proliferation of life” includes

iPhone 3GS in the Mobile Smartphone Era

iPhone 3GS – Circa 2008

iOT and wearables, as basically all these devices are either integrated or dependent on a mobile phone in some way to view status and data) in the Mobile Smartphone Era?

  • Cloud – Grid computing, the precursor to the Cloud, has proliferated.
  • Storage – Has become cheaper by the day. (Remember when a 2Gig hard drive was a big deal?)
  • Network speeds – 2G was obviously too slow to transmit and communicate without extreme patience. But today with 4G and the forthcoming 5G standards, our thirst for bandwidth will never stop.
  • Processing power – We now carry a supercomputer in our pockets, and servers in the cloud are more powerful than ever at storing and processing all the data we are collecting.
  • Sensors – We are being watched everywhere we go. And it’s not only that everything is collecting data. The next revolution will be monetizing and analyzing.
This is not an exhaustive list, of course. Merely a ramble that came to mind when cleaning out one of my drawers and finding my old iPhone 3GS. What an antique!