Brain.AI, a San Francisco-based AI company, and Germany’s Deutsche Telekom have created a new phone technology. Humans cast an idea and the AI builds out the entire flow with connections you never thought of or imagined.

In “anything to anything” mode the interface becomes a virtual assistant. With every prompt, the interface regenerates itself to keep pace with the flow of the prompts as it follows the thinking of the human user. It is AI on the fly. Apps are out of the window.

The technology predicts and assembles all the information the user may need in the most beneficial and advantageous display format on the home screen.  Generative AI and Interactive AI have made it our destiny to live in an App-Free world. Natural AI is the first product of Brain.AI. It is the world’s first generative interface. Humans make a request and the right App forms itself around their words.

The new technology works on budget devices where the computing takes place in the cloud. On high-end devices, the AI computation takes place on the phone itself with help from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 chipset. In the age of surveillance capitalism, we need to unravel what AI does to society, and what social, political, economic, and cultural processes of power and subordination it releases.

AI has reshaped electoral politics. Election infrastructure has experienced increased vulnerability from AI clones. The threat to the integrity of elections due to the rapid deployment of generative AI to produce deepfake content is worrying. This has been worsened by the misuse of machine learning to prioritize divisive, harmful, or misleading content with viral potential.

What we need to understand is how AI as a phenomenon in society reaches out and intertwines with people and their life worlds and lived experience. This suggests that a definition of AI that focuses on its tentacles, rhizomes, and practices is more useful than one grounded in computer science.

As a social, political, and economic ideology, the architecture of AI-Assemblages, like all other architectures in digital society, exceeds the configuration of the “back-end.”

AI will consume jobs in the future, and the remaining work will find the talent it needs wherever it is obtainable. The advance of AI may not create immediate unemployment, but workers may experience employment poverty as they are forced down the labour ladder.

The result will be overcrowding in the lower-income professions. This will introduce new layers of complexity to the intractable problems of inherited inequality and intergenerational immobility. The effect of these possibilities on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) requires analysis.

For centuries the idea of a guaranteed income for all has been floated. Advocates for a universal basic income (UBI) no longer see it as a solution to poverty. Rather it may be the answer to wage inequality, insecurity – and the looming possibility of AI-induced job poverty.

In “21 Lessons for the 21st Century,” Yuval Harari stated that “The technological revolution might soon push billions of humans out of the job market,” (2018, p. 18) creating an unprecedented unworkable class. At the same time, AI-Assemblages’ growth may push white-collar workers into the gig economy and other forms of poorly paid, insecure work. This workforce shift may drive down wages and conditions while increasing inequality.

Standing on the shoulders of Karl Marx, Joseph Schumpeter, and Jane Jacobs, the Prophet of Placemaking, Richard Florida in “The Rise of the Creative Class” (2002), once proposed a blueprint for urban creativity and regeneration which made the “clustering force” of young creatives and tech workers in metropolitan areas, the fulcrum for greater economic prosperity.

What eluded Florida was that development is not just about creative and innovative growth and clusters, but about inclusion being a part of prosperity.  The most creative superstar cities are also the most unequal. Bohemianism never helps urban development. “Skilled people” rather than creatives are the key to urban regeneration.

As AI advances, Generation Z stands as the leading edge of a country’s changing racial and ethnic makeup. Members of Gen Z are more culturally and ethnically diverse than any previous age bracket. Gen Zers are on track to be the most well-educated group yet.

They are digital natives but have started to recalibrate their digital lives to avoid the perpetual wave of distractions and disturbances from emails, social media posts, and notifications — tasks that only heighten stress and anxiety.

New York-based “Light” creates customizable “Light Phones” that minimize exposure to the internet, social media, and other distractions. The aim isn’t to build a dumb phone, but a more intentional phone – or minimal phone – which isn’t inherently anti-technology.

Light’s phones are intended for conscientious digital detoxers and neo-luddites who want to balance solace and socializing. Gen Zers are recalibrating their digital lives.  US-based “Ghost Mode” is an Android Open Source Project (AOSP)-based operating system, designed to be as quick and stress-free to use as a smartphone, but without Apps funnelling time away.

AI is reshaping electoral politics, reformatting the jobs of the future, rewriting how we work today, and remaking the phones we will use. AI is a social reality. It is a social and political ideology, not a bucket of technologies.