Top Ten Current Technologies that Might Disappear SoonTechnology is ever-evolving, which means that any and every gadget on the market today will, undoubtedly, become obsolete somewhere in the future. This list compiles the technological devices and tools that are most likely to bite the theoretical dust sooner than later.
The Top Ten
The landline phone's days are numbered, without a doubt. More and more are people removing home phones from their service plans and switching to using their cell phones as their primary means of communication when at home. It will be interesting to see how this trend will affect businesses, don't you think? Can you imagine a 50-story high rise office building without a single land line phone operating inside it? The day will come, I'm sure, but it's hard to believe.
Don't count on it. They'll always be needed for back-up. Sunspots, weather, other atmospheric interference, hacking, can render cell phones useless. It would be foolish to burn bridges.
Using landline phones is a formality now.
With online streaming quickly growing to become the most popular means of viewing personally-accessed media like television shows and movies, and with the digital world already dominating the music market, optical discs (like CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays) are all-but-obsolete. I am an avid movie lover (Shocking, I know) and I much prefer owning Blu-ray discs over relying entirely on my Netflix account for when I want to watch something at home
Much like how optical discs are on their way out, cable T.V. is looking a lot like its ready for the boneyard. What can I say? Digital media is interactive, more user-friendly, and allows you to watch what you want when you want it. There's nothing else to say.
I still use Flash drives, cloud services can die out.. also HOW IS PLASTIC CARDS, GPS DEVICES, REMOTES going to dissapear, also phone cameras suck and look like those cameras on slingshot rides.
With most mobile devices being capable of transferring documents and files, and with inventions like "the cloud", the need for flash drives is quickly diminishing. Heck, these things might not even survive the decade.
Credit and debit cards are the most popular method of payment these days, but the use of mobile devices to instantly transfer funds, wirelessly, is growing in popularity. Now, I'm Canadian, so I'm fairly sure the new technology will find its footing here before it does in the U.S. (since we've been ahead of our southern neighbours for years where money-based technology is involved) but it will spread its wings and fly across the globe soon enough.
My GPS device is a few years old, mind you, but it's definitely inferior to the 'Google Maps' app on my phone. It's slower, bulkier, not as user-friendly, and needs to be plugged into the cigarette lighter DC port thing in my car (I don't really know if it has an official name) all the time to work. I don't know if newer models have made any major improvements (I'm sure they have) but I can't see anything other than smart phone GPS apps being used in the near future.
With backup cameras, blind spot monitors, intelligent parking assist systems, collision avoidance systems, and lane departure warning systems, rear-view and side-view mirrors are looking like they're on their way towards extinction. However, nobody would be smart to trust a computer system over their own brain, so perhaps car mirrors will, in fact, remain, but with minimized roles in the future.
Who uses actual digital cameras anymore? I am not counting professional photographers' cameras that are 50 lbs and covered in buttons and such (because I'm sure they will be around for some time). I'm talking about the cameras that were what most people owned before smart phone cameras became as popular as they are today (my first cell phone didn't even have a camera). Unless camera companies wake up and try their hand at making cell phones, they're going to be out for the count in the very near future.
More and more devices are becoming wireless every year. Expect wireless televisions, lighting fixtures, and kitchen appliances to start appearing soon, because it's probably going to happen. I'm no expert on technology, or anything, but I don't have a hard time believing this almost-inevitable future from becoming reality.
Another device that will see its death at the hands of cell phones (or any related mobile device). Since there are plenty of "apps for that", just about any mobile device can have remote controls (for televisions, stereos, and household appliances) effortlessly integrated into its software.
Yes, money as we know it is probably going to become obsolete, and soon. How many people do you actually know that use cash as their primary method of payment. I do, but I am the only one who does when I'm out with friends at a restaurant or wherever else. It's just not as convenient as having a wireless device store and distribute money instantly and effortlessly. Who knows? Maybe even wallets will become a thing of the past. Now, credit and debit cards are probably going to outlive the dollar bill, but for how long?