Riddle me this. When does an operating system really become an operating system? When it truly delivers a digital assistant that manages all devices by voice activation. As Amazon’s Alexa intends to do.
Operating systems today are made up of software that undergirds other software and applications, e.g., iOS, Windows, and Android. In 20 years voice commands that direct “ons,” “offs” and other device and system activations will be the operating systems. These assistants will compete with each other for supremacy. There will be systems by Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet and one or two start-ups. None will integrate (at first) but mark my words, these are the operating systems of the future. Because they operate real life things…including cars.
These operating systems will be the battleground of the next 50 years. Will they be free? Will they be as expensive as cars? Will consumers be paid to use them? Time will tell.