When I was a kid growing up in Southern California, there were predictions of an earthquake along the San Andreas Fault that would cause the entire west coast of the state to break away from the continent and fall into the ocean. I laugh at this now but at the time I was pretty scared.
Well, now there’s another prediction that I hope will not come to pass.
They call it the Singularity.
It’s an event in which humans lose control of runaway technological development, wherein artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence, causing radical changes in civilization as we know it. Or so the theory goes.
Yikes. But there’s another singularity I’m much more comfortable with: the Communications Singularity. The Communications Singularity begins when anyone in the world with an Internet connection can communicate with anyone else, across multiple devices for free.
We are experiencing the Communications Singularity in the world today — and it’s beginning to transform the way we socialize!
The primary component of the Communications Singularity is unified functionality. In the past, many people’s mobile communications were hopelessly scattered between messaging, calling, media sharing and even faxing apps (for some, that is still the case). The first step toward the Communications Singularity was the development of mobile apps that integrate these modes of communication seamlessly.
When you’re free calling, free texting and sending media, all with a single app such as Voxox, you have unified functionality. You don’t need to constantly bounce between apps when you make a phone call, send a text message or share a photo in the same conversation. When you use VoIP to switch between your phone and your computer — in mid-conversation — you begin to see the full power of this initial component.
A second component of the Communications Singularity is the super-connection of all devices. Are you hyper-networked? A study performed by Case Western Reserve University defines hyper-networked as either sending 120 or more texts a day or being active on social media more than three hours a day.1 (Unless, of course, your job is social media marketing, in which case, you’re hyper-lucky.)
As of 2015, there are approximately 15 billion connected devices worldwide.2 That number is projected to increase to 40 billion by 2020. The math is simple. The more nodes in your network, the more communication power you have.
A third component of the Communications Singularity is the removal of the cost barrier. When VoIP first appeared on the market, the Internet became the new medium for phone access, dropping costs to virtually zero. Now, a communications app such as Voxox can truly enable free calling, texting and sharing for everyone with a smartphone.
Remember answering machines? Remember before answering machines? There was virtually no call screening, no voicemail and certainly no texting. When you missed a call, you missed it. How different our lives have become with the onset of the Communications Singularity. Devices are no longer a factor. A communications app such as Voxox works on phones, tablets and computers. Language is no longer a factor. With real-time translation, texts are instantly received in the recipient’s native language. Modality is no longer a factor. Calling, texting, sharing — all are treated the same. Our lives have been transformed.
Is the Singularity inevitable? Maybe, but you can become a part of the Communications Singularity and start enjoying free calling instantly just by signing up with Voxox. Download the free app today and join us in the future!
So what’s next for communications? For a roadmap of the converging forces that make up the Communications Singularity, check out the infographic.
1. Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine study.