A generation from now our descendants will be remarking on the curious etymology of the word ‘phone’. As a smart phone user, I can attest that the ‘phone’ part of my device maybe one of its more trivial features. In a sense, it’s a shame because the word ‘phone’ comes with a lot of baggage. The ‘long distance’ ‘text messages’ and ‘call display’ that we pay extra for are really just silly fabrications at this point. Even the notion of phone numbers is woefully anachronistic in a world of ubiquitous social media. Why are we using silly strings of digits when we can use meaningful identifiers like people’s names to find one another. I created the above image to capture this dissonance as it seems the word ‘phone’ will forever be the name for our personal, portable, connected, general purpose computing device and sensor array.