Top things that will become obsolete in the future…
The world we live in today depends heavily on technology. But this isn’t just something new. Over the past 100 years, technology has been developing to meet the demands of humanity. As more sophisticated technology emerges, “older” ones are submerged. That’s just how it works; technology evolves over time. In this post, we’ll look at certain things that will become obsolete in the future. Now, please don’t hold me by the throat. I’m not trying to predict the future, because I can’t. But there are certain things we use today that might be gone in 10-20 years’ time. Some of them might even disappear before then. Either way, it’s still good to know this in advance. Let’s look at these things before they’re gone!!
The technology “death-row” list
Down below, you will find a list of common items/services. These are things a lot of people use regularly. But in the future, they probably won’t be there. This is because there’ll either be no need for them or there’d be better alternatives. Here they all are:
DVDs & BLU-RAY: Let me ask you a quick question: when last did you buy a DVD set? Struggling to think? If you’re like me, you probably can’t remember at all. There’s a very good reason for this. In the past, DVDs were the main way of watching films and documentaries. Then, Blu-ray technology came in as an alternative to DVDs. But now, almost everyone uses online streaming services instead.
It’s faster, more efficient and saves you having to stack up boxes of DVDs at home. Much like collecting books; it just takes up space eventually. That’s why people watch TV shows and films via Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime etc instead. According to surveys, millions of people are also giving up their cable TV subscriptions for the same reason. Online streaming is simply better for everyone.
USB STICKS: Many years back, floppy disks were the standard means of external storage. Now, floppy disks simply don’t exist anymore. That’s because USB sticks have replaced them. This is why all modern PCs and laptops are built with USB ports in them. But we can also use them for other things too. Even though USB sticks are still very popular, cloud storage is becoming more universal. The main advantage is that you don’t have to carry around your own hard drive. In addition, if you accidentally forget your USB stick, you can always access your information on cloud.
However, there is one big disadvantage with cloud storage: you need an internet connection. It might seem convenient initially to keep all your hard work on cloud. But if the internet’s down, you’re screwed. This reason alone makes USB drives still worth having, at least as a backup.
DESKTOP PCs: I think you all have to agree with me on this one. They aren’t “extinct” yet, but desktop PCs are far less popular than they were in the past. At least in domestic settings anyway. I haven’t owned a desktop PC for years and years!! The last time I did have one, it was just for a few months. Now, do think I miss having a huge, clunky, desktop PC in my room? Hell, no!! In fact, when I have to move house, I’m pretty glad I don’t have one. My laptop and tablet are more than enough for me to do anything I want. You name it, typing documents, graphic design, printing, news updates, watching videos etc.
But this doesn’t just apply to me alone. The vast majority of people prefer laptops, tabs and notebooks even to all-in-one computers. However, desktop computers do have a reputation for being quite sturdy and rugged. That’s why most offices, educational institutions and workplaces still use them. So, I think we’d have to wait a long while before desktop PCs become totally obsolete.
LANDLINES: This is definitely among the things that will become obsolete sometime in the future. Now, there are quite a fair deal of people who still have a landline. But do they really use it that often? I can almost bet they hardly use it at all. Why would you when you’ve got a mobile on you all the time? Nowadays, virtually everyone has access to a mobile phone. This allows them to call almost anytime, anywhere. Even if they are at home, their mobile is always the first choice. Plus, modern smartphones can now do far more than just calling and texting… obviously. The number of people using landlines have dropped significantly over the last couple of years. However, offices and other workplaces still use them quite a lot.
LOG-IN DETAILS: When you switch on your laptop, there’s a very familiar routine you have to follow. First punch in your username/email and then your password. The same process applies to almost all online accounts. On the surface, this seems absolutely perfect and secure, right?? But the reality is that loads of people forget their login details every day. Hell… some don’t even write it down! Even if you did scribble it down and someone got access to it, that’s big trouble. They could easily hack into your emails, online banking, shopping accounts etc. That’s why I keep my login details super-safe.
If you’re someone who struggles to remember passwords, don’t worry. Login details are one of those things that will become obsolete down the line. I can’t say when, but it’s almost certainly going to happen. Biometric details will eventually replace passwords and usernames. At that point, you’ll only need a fingerprint, face-scan or voice recognition to log yourself in!
PHONE CHARGERS: Look, I can bet you use your phone charger almost daily. Chargers are just indispensable for electronic gadgetry. Whether it’s your smartphone, PC, tablet etc. Name it whatever… you can’t go long without a charger. On the other hand, if your phone has ever died on you, it’s a huge inconvenience. Worse still if you forgot your charger at home!
As important as chargers are today, they could be gone in the future. That’s because self-charging batteries and wireless charging facilities will eventually take over. In fact, some companies are even looking at ways of designing smartphone cases that can extend battery life!!
CORDED HEADPHONES: If you don’t listen to music often, this might not make a huge difference. However, it’s still worth taking note of. I don’t think headphones will be made redundant for a long, long time. But they will, and currently are, undergoing notable changes. This isn’t just to do with sound quality, “deep-bass” etc. It’s simply the transition to wireless headphones.
To be honest, this isn’t anything new. Technology like Bluetooth has made wireless headphones a reality. Wireless headphones are becoming more and more popular. Eventually, they will become a standard for almost all headphones. At that point, there’ll be no need to worry about untangling headphone cords…
PAPER RECEIPTS: I’m not writing this to say that receipts serve no purpose. But let’s get down to it and be honest. How many people care about their shopping receipt? How many people actually take time to read it? Why would they? How many MORE people just leave it behind at the till or bin it? Look, the point is clear. Receipts are potentially useful to show that a transaction successfully took place. But the thing is that no one really cares about them.
If you go to the mall, you’ll see receipts everywhere. Yet receipts require paper in order to print them. Paper itself requires the cutting down of trees. So, does it make sense to cut down trees make paper for something people don’t use? Absolutely not! That’s why many more companies are now ditching paper receipts. Instead, they’ll send out digital receipts to the customers’ preferred email address. Digital receipts are far cheaper, faster and oh… friendly to the environment too.
DICTIONARIES: Let’s consider this for a moment. If you want to check the meaning of a certain word, what would you do? Some people would suggest you go find a dictionary. Now, there’s nothing wrong that at all. After all, dictionaries were originally designed for this purpose. But the reality is that most people don’t really use a dictionary at all. I haven’t used one in ages because there’s almost no need to. With the vast swamp of information available on the internet, why should I?
It’s far easier to Google the definition of a word than to find it in a dictionary. That’s assuming you still have one. Internet search engines make it possible to find out almost anything. As a result, dictionaries are becoming more and more redundant. The same also applies to encyclopaedias too.
MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS: My dad has always loved to read and collect newspapers. As a result, I grew up with an interest in reading the news. But as a young adult, I just don’t see the point in buying newspapers. At least not on a regular basis anyway. You can check the most up-to-date news online within a flash. BBC News, social media feed, MSN, Yahoo etc. Most smartphones even have a news app available! This means that fewer people are buying newspapers now than ever. They just read the latest news online when they need to.
In a similar way, people aren’t buying magazines as much as they did previously. Once again, it’s much easier to read the magazine online. This is why a lot of magazines are making the transition to running online exclusively. Can you really blame them, if most people aren’t going to buy print copies??
DIGITAL CAMERAS: These days, all smartphones have a digital camera built into them. They can not only take pictures but also shoot videos as well. This is along with HD and other super-advanced customization features. So, virtually anyone can take high-quality pictures and videos whenever they like. I can bet that over 95% of social media pics are from smartphone cameras.
This is precisely why digital cameras will soon run out of fashion. Why buy a digital camera when your smartphone can do exactly the same? Yes, digital cameras are among the list of things that will become obsolete eventually. The only people who will feel the pinch are professional photographers. Their businesses are simply not in demand any more.
TV REMOTE CONTROLS: Have you ever tried to watch TV but couldn’t find the remote control? That can be quite annoying actually. But in the future, remote controls might be a thing of the past. Even with smart TVs around, there’s still more coming down the line. Smartphones will eventually replace the TV control stick. That’s quite easy to imagine really, considering how versatile they are. Smartphones can now do things which people could only dream of in the past. A “TV-controlling app” is just the next step…
CALCULATORS: For people who need to work with numbers, calculators are invaluable. They allow you to perform calculations that would be impossible otherwise. But again, many smartphones have a calculator built in. Even my “medium-grade” smartphone has a scientific calculator! That’s probably why I haven’t bought a calculator since I left school! But to be honest, using your smartphone calculator is far more convenient. Given the choice, most people will just whip their phones out to do sums instead. That also allows students to save a bit of money too.
CAR KEYS: Most vehicle owners still have car keys, but this won’t last forever. Or it’s definitely not likely to. As vehicle technology becomes more advanced, keys might eventually become obsolete. This is because future cars won’t need a key to unlock and start them up. Rather, mobile apps and smart key fobs will do the job instead. Now, that might seem great initially but there could also be downsides. For example, if your phone isn’t working, you can’t use the car.
CASH: Surveys have clearly shown that people are using cash far less than ever before. Online banking and “plastic money” (credit/debit cards) has simply taken over. These days, you can do almost all transactions without cash. As a result, the need to mint coins and notes is slowly reducing. At some point down the line, the world might just become cashless. But I think it would be quite a while before we see that happening.
This is quite interesting really, and I’m sure you’ll agree. These are common things we all use and rely on today. But in the future, they probably won’t be there. As humanity becomes more advanced, so will the technology we use. This means that some items will eventually have to go to the dustbin of tech history.