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Smartphones will be obsolete in the next decade, says tech expert

Technology expert Chris Dancy said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "Rising" that smartphones will be obsolete in the next decade, and he encouraged investors to look into technology without screens. 

"I think in 10 years it's pretty safe to say people won't have what we call a smartphone. They won't be staring at a device," Dancy, who calls himself "the most connected man in the world," told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton earlier this month.

He also said that he thinks apps will be a thing of the past for consumers as technology focuses more on "habits."

"The other thing that I think that's really big in the next five to 10 years is we go from downloading apps to downloading habits. So today in your life you probably have a smartphone, you probably have a car with some type of technology that your smartphone talks to. You might even have a smart device at home, 25 percent of the homes do," he continued. 

"But when you interact with it, let's say an audiobook ... that's going to be presented differently, and how I interact with it is going to be different, whether I'm at home, at work, in my car, or even wearing a smartwatch," he said.

"So I try to encourage investors and people who are forward-looking [to] look at technologies that don't involve screens and invest there," he said. 

"The reason that we're talking about [artificial intelligence] so much isn't because it's AI, it's that there's no screen. We're missing the obvious big shifts that are happening now, and have been for a few years." 

Dancy specializes in the intersection of technology and the health-care industry and is an advocate for digital wellness. 

His comments come as more organizations and companies invest in artificial intelligence. 

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced on Monday that it was investing $1 billion into a college that will specialize in the field. 

— Julia Manchester