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Think your smartphone is powerful now? Wait until the year 2050, when Apple will have faded into oblivion (most major tech companies can last barely 30 years). Your phone will be paper thin and charge wirelessly. You’ll probably project a high-def screen onto a wall when you want a bigger screen, since laptops will have become relics. But the truly impressive innovations will go far beyond these well-known predictions. Super-smart AI will make your phone even more powerful for business. Here are my predictions for what phones will do:

Forecasting the technological future is tricky at best. Back in the 1980s, the thought of carrying around a small, portable phone seemed to belong in the realm of science fiction. Then in the 1990s, imagining a phone that would allow you to browse the World Wide Web — something that didn’t even exist until 1990 — was outlandish. Today, smartphones can surf the Web, run applications, play games and those with a near field communication (NFC) chip can act as a transaction method for purchases. Oh, and they can still make phone calls too.

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