Episode 56: (Data Bites) The Long Road to Legitimate Convergent Technology

Wednesday’s episode gave a somewhat detailed example of what a convergent set of technologies would actually look like.

Unfortunately, it is not nearly as easy to align all the disparate technologies to create a truly convergent experience. Today we talk about why!

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Transcripts:

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Welcome to duty today. I’m your host Jordan. And on today’s data bytes, we’re going to be kind of filling out what happened on Wednesday show. Namely, I talked about an example of what convergence will really look like using the app the new Apple credit card as an example. Well, today we’re going to talk about why convergence isn’t quite the easy operation that I made it potentially sound like I don’t know if I made it sound easy. But nevertheless, that’s what we’re going to get into, into today. So before we do that, again, we are putting up episodes soon, five days a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays will be video on YouTube. And right now I do not know what to call the those segments, for example, got data bites going right now for the Wednesday and Friday shows, Monday shows and the main episodes, but what should I call these these blogs where I’ll be driving in my car and talking about data? Be sure to comment, your choice for what you want to hear it called any of the social media sites, the best name, or at least the best in my mind, because let’s face it, I’m gonna choose it. That person will receive a set of stickers from the show, there’s also a button included. So please do that. And I am looking forward to seeing your responses. So let’s get into this.
Right Welcome back. And so to recap, Wednesday’s episode, like I said, talked about an example of convergence with the apple credit card. And that was following up on Monday show where we talked about Craig declares book invisible robots in the quiet of the night where I was really cherry picking his fourth chapter on convergence of technology and normal life. Well, in Wednesday’s episode, I talked about how an apple card won’t necessarily be a convergent technology until all of your financials are involved with this apple financial institution setup they have going on. And that’s connected to some sort of smart home device, maybe a smart speaker, and that’s connected to all the smart devices around the home, for example, when your refrigerator runs out of a particular item that you have to have that automatically orders it for you from your delivery service of choice gets charged to your Apple card, and a robot delivers that piece for you or that that food item for you. What I want to talk about today is why that is amazing. And more importantly, why that picture isn’t here yet, it’s you know, it’s coming up on 2020. And we’re not even close to that. And so unless I’m mistaken, I’m pretty sure Apple doesn’t offer a smart refrigerator or smart stove or some sort of food to delivery service, which I’m not gonna put it past him. So who knows that might be coming. Welcome to the new I fridge, the new stove. I don’t know, I’m sure they’ve already trademarked it. So don’t sue me apple. In any case. And what I want to point out is that for this convergence to happen, there’s a lot of different manufacturers that have to produce smart devices that can all be implemented together, or they can be combined together to then do that one simple implementation that I spoke of, namely, ordering a new thing of almond milk, right? If your fridge determines its out, and it gets paid for and delivered. What does that mean? That means that unless you’re an early adopter, like you, boy, Jordan, it’s going to take a lot of effort to connect all of those pieces up in the short term and the near future. And so not only will we have to connect our our new Apple credit card, or a new Apple financial ecosystem system to that of our smart speakers, which get made from you know, pick your your maker, your your industry supplier, but it also that has to get hooked up to your smart kitchen devices, for example. And that smart kitchen device has to be able to determine whether or not that jar of I guess it comes in paper these days, but that that paper container of almond milk is sufficiently full or sufficiently empty to warrant the need to order more, perhaps it’s gone bad or something I don’t, it has to be able to determine that. And then beyond that, you have to have a preferred vendor who can then deliver your new almond milk within a limited timeframe, making sure it’s not too hot out making sure that you’re going to be home and time to get it refrigerated. Otherwise it’s going to go bad. They’re going to have to invert and you know, that’s yet another supplier, but they’re going to have to invest in say drones or automated delivery services, which again, are yet more more suppliers. And so all these technologies from all these different companies are going to have to not necessarily live in the same ecosystem in terms of operating systems, but they will have to be compatible in some robust way so that there isn’t a hiccup, if this convergence is truly going to be as seamless as it might sound. And so in the early days, for us early adopters, yeah, we’re going to be digging around with it, we’re going to be messing with stuff. And if stuff breaks, we’re not going to get too upset, because we’re just going to go spend time and mess with it until it does work. If it doesn’t work, I’m gonna try out a different vendor, what have you, but for this to take widespread adoption for the mass of people to really get into this, it’s not gonna, it’s not gonna, it’s not gonna be possible for it to have all the bugs, you’re not going to be able to have all these products not talk to each other immediately upon plugging them into the wall, right, it’s just going have to be immediate, it’s going to have to be so easy, it’s gonna have to be an easy button to where it’s almost second nature in anybody should be able to do it. And so until that happens, I don’t see the convergence, at least in the consumer market coming until there’s a widespread sort of academic or, you know, some sort of collegial effort between all these different device manufacturers so that it is as seamless as it needs to be. Let me know your thoughts. So until then, I’ll talk to you next time.
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