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In 2018, we all expect to be connected all the time, with all the information and entertainment we could ever want at our fingertips. Here are four ways we are already living in the future.

In 2018, we all expect to be connected all the time, with all the information and entertainment we could ever want at our fingertips. Here are four ways we are already living in the future.

1. Virtual Assistants

They might not be commonplace in SA quite yet, but smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Alexa are definitely coming. You already ask Siri or Google to tell you the weather in the morning, play your favourite song or call your mom – it’s a short leap to the days when your every move will be anticipated by your in-home virtual assistant.  Just like HAL, the all-seeing computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

2. Video calling

You already take apps like Skype and WhatsApp for granted. Not so long ago, if you had relatives overseas, their weekly phone call would be a family event. Today, a constant stream of messages, photos and calls keep you up-to-date with their news. Just like in The Jetsons!

3. Streaming

Back to that test pattern. On 5 January 1976, TV was introduced to South Africa with one channel, with half of the content in English and the other half in Afrikaans. Fast-forward 42 years, and you can watch just about anything you want, on demand, on devices you keep in your pocket. You can surf the web, or get the really good stuff on Netflix or Showmax (and pay for both via Vodacom, by the way).

4. Fibre

Of course, none of this cool technology, convenience or on-tap entertainment would be possible without super-fast internet. Fibre allows you to stream movies and series all night long and enables you to settle in for a long chat with your best friend in New York. Fortunately, the fibre network in SA is spreading all the time. And, because you like great service and convenience, you’ll love Vodacom’s packages, specially tailored to meet your needs. Check out the fibre offering now.

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