• Is My Phone Talking to Me?

    by  • March 3, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples, Writing

    If you threw a phone and it hit me in the head, chances are pretty good it would be a smartphone. Not that it would be smart to do such a thing: Those things are expensive.

    cliqAnd smart. I just traded in my two-year-old Blackberry Curve for a Motorola Cliq. Powered by Google’s Android, it’s full of delightful apps and abilities. I’m really amazed at all the cool things I can do with the phone. Oh, and that I can talk to people on it, too.

    But, I’m not quite satisfied yet. I’m waiting for the promise of smartphones to deliver something really smart. Like a phone that will talk to me. That’s right talk.

    And not just tell me someone’s calling me. I want the phone to tell me who it is, where they’re calling from, and what I told them the last time they called me. I want it to remind me that the person I’m talking to hates baseball and likes ice tea.

    Futurists are always talking about the point at which computers become as smart as people. But all I want is a phone to be that smart. Not too much to ask, is it?


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.