We may know Huawei for its killer smartphones and watches, but consumers in the not-too-distant future may turn to the Chinese manufacturer to absorb new skills instantaneously and converse with dead relatives.
In an eye-opening keynote at CES Asia 2016, the company’s handset product line president, Kevin Ho, said Huawei looks to sci-fi flicks like “The Matrix” to plot out future trends and business lines.
“Hunger, poverty, disease or even death may not be a problem by 2035,” he said, citing a scenario in which children could app-chat with dead grandparents whose consciousness was downloaded into a computer.
Similarly, consumers could instantly “learn” complex new skills from the cloud, like the film’s characterTrinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) when she piloted a helicopter on the fly.
Ho said the necessary data download volumes would exceed 15,000 Zettabytes, far beyond current capacities, which could provide future business opportunities for Huawei.