Cellphone Inventor Predicts a Wetware FutureJack Loftus4/25/10 3:00pmFiled to: CellphoneswetwarePrototypesmarty cooperPhonesSmartphonesSingularityGadget singularity121EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkMarty Cooper—maybe you've heard of him and his little invention, the cellphone—thinks modern smartphones are way too convoluted and that future phones will live behind your ear, under your skin. You think AT&T owns your ass now...AdvertisementJust kidding. It wouldn't be your ass, it'd be your ear, but more on that later.On a slightly more serious note, Cooper really did invent the mobile phone, way back in 1973 while working for Motorola.AdvertisementIt was a time when Zack Morris phone jokes weren't invented yet, but leaving a prototype phone in a bar would have still kicked your professional ass. You see, when Cooper was trucking around a cellphone in 1973, it weighed nearly two kilos and cost approximately $1 million for Motorola to produce. Battery life was a brisk 20 minutes. Order a pizza or do more QA testing?—choices!Fast forward to today, and Cooper is put off by the size of a smartphone's instruction manual (often larger and heavier than the phone itself, he says), which he argues can require an engineer's expertise to figure out.No bother though, as Cooper predicts that in the not-so-distant future tiny cellphone implants will deliver calls from Mom via the bony spots behind our ears—a vision that might fall into the "gadget singularity" category.