The Future of Operating Systems: Evolution in the Digital Age

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October 31, 2023
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by Jonathan MacDonald

The world of technology is evolving at an unprecedented pace, and as we look ahead, the future of operating systems is filled with exciting possibilities. From the ever-present mobile form factor to the integration of under-skin technology and the influence of artificial intelligence, operating systems are at the heart of this transformation. In this blog, we will explore these three key aspects and how they are shaping the future of operating systems.

Will the Form Factor of Mobile Always Be Prevalent?

The mobile form factor has become an integral part of our daily lives. Smartphones and tablets have revolutionised the way we communicate, work, and play. But will this form factor always be prevalent in the world of operating systems? The answer is likely to be a resounding "yes."

While smartphones and tablets may continue to evolve, they will remain central to our digital experiences. However, the form factor will adapt and diversify. Foldable phones and augmented reality (AR) glasses are just a glimpse of what the future holds. Operating systems will need to be flexible and responsive to these changes, providing seamless transitions between different devices and form factors. Interconnectivity between devices and synchronization of data will become even more critical as we transition between various screens, ensuring a consistent and user-friendly experience.

How Will Under-Skin Technology Impact Operating Systems?

Under-skin technology, often referred to as bioelectronics or implantables, is a rapidly emerging field. These technologies involve embedding electronic devices or sensors beneath the skin to monitor and enhance various aspects of our health and well-being. As this technology advances, it will have a profound impact on operating systems.

Imagine a world where you can control your smart home, access medical data, or make payments with a simple thought or gesture. Operating systems will need to adapt to accommodate these new input methods. Security and privacy will also be paramount, as the integration of under-skin technology can pose significant risks if not adequately protected. Furthermore, interoperability between different types of devices, from smartphones to neural implants, will become a challenge that operating systems must address. This will require robust standards and protocols to ensure a seamless and secure experience.

How Will AI Impact How Operating Systems Are Delivered?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already making its mark on operating systems, with voice assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant becoming increasingly integrated into our devices. It should come as no surprise that we believe these are not achieving the potential of what assistive technology looks like, but nonetheless these platforms were the starting point on the journey. The future of operating systems will see AI playing an even more significant role in how they are delivered and customised, and at SELF we’re happy to be in that mix.The philosophical structure of AI offerings will power personalisation and sovereignty - if the platform decides to favour human experience over corporate greed.. At SELF, our view is that operating systems should learn from your behavior and preferences, providing a tailored experience that evolves over time. For example, your operating system might anticipate your needs, such as automatically adjusting device settings or suggesting apps based on your daily routine.

AI will also enhance security. Machine learning algorithms will be used to detect and respond to potential threats, making your digital environment safer and more resilient. AI-driven automation will improve system maintenance, reducing the need for manual updates and optimising performance.

Conclusion

The future of operating systems promises a dynamic landscape, shaped by the ever-present mobile form factor, the integration of under-skin technology, and the influence of artificial intelligence. As technology continues to evolve, operating systems will adapt to provide more seamless, secure, and personalised experiences. In this digital age, innovation is the driving force, and the future of operating systems will undoubtedly be an exciting one. Embracing change and staying ahead of the curve will be essential for both developers and users as we navigate this brave new world of operating systems.

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