Smartphones could soon do everything – No more keys, cash

Smartphones becoming more powerful will spell the end of keys, TV remotes and cash within the next 10 years, according to a leading British futurist.

Dr Ian Pearson has suggested that because of the ever-increasing power of technology a host of everyday items will become redundant in the next decade as smartphone tools replace them.

These include keys, pocket mirrors, torches, travel tickets, driving licences and cash.


Dr Pearson, who previously predicted the arrival of text messaging, has partnered with mobile network TalkTalk Mobile to come up with his expectations, which come in the wake of new data showing UK smartphone use has overtaken laptops for the first time.