Phyllis K. Ryan
Nov 16, 2018
Technology changes round the clock – no doubts about it. Things that might seem impressive today can become completely useless in 10 years. However, there are certain technologies that everyone is used to – you grew up with them, you still use them today and you are less likely to quit them too soon. They will eventually come to an end though. Here are the most common technologies of today that will probably be gone within the next 25 years.
Physical technology tends to shrink in a digitalized era. Why? Easy! You can get more work done with smaller things in smaller places. It is all about efficiency. The same rule applies to phone towers, which tend to become smaller. In fact, some smartphones do not even need them anymore. Qualcomm discovered this aspect first and has partnered with other technology giants to develop applications for it. At some point, phone towers will be completely useless.
Everyone thinks credit cards will soon take over the real physical money, but think about the future then. Will you still be using them in the next 25 years? You can already pay with your smartphone. Soon enough, you will be able to pay with your fingerprint. You can already do it over your phone, as you shop online or check your banking application. You can use a password, but you can just as well use your fingerprint.
This is common sense. VHS died when DVDs hit the market soon after 2000. The same rule applied to audio cassettes in the 1990s. But the whole physical media may reach to an end soon because everything is available on your device now. When it comes to the media, this change will also affect books. At some point, books will disappear and ebooks will become the primary choice for most readers.
Cash is still the most common payment option, but how long for? Cards slowly take over, but they have a limited lifespan too. Online banking is not to be overlooked either. Sooner or later, digital currency will be the thing. Believe it or not, just 10% of the world’s population relies on physical cash only. As cash and cards slowly disappear, ATMs will become completely useless.
Cinemas are already disappearing. Some of the cinemas you used to visit as a kid are no longer there. Some others try to adapt and keep up with technology, so they put on 3D films and provide free glasses. But with all these, they will not resist for too long. These days, people still love going out to watch a film. However, you can buy your own 3D television set, not to mention virtual reality. Staying home will be both cheaper and more exciting.
Rear View Mirrors
Hard to believe that rear view mirrors will disappear, but chances are they are. Automotive manufacturers already provide a different option – rearview cameras. Mirrors will still be kept as backup options in case cameras fail, but not for long. Furthermore, driverless vehicles also gain popularity, which means cameras might be useless too.
The best part about remote controllers disappearing is that you will no longer have to perform frantic searches between couch cushions, bed sheets or laundry clothes. Many devices are already connected to wireless devices, so technology is easily controllable now through smartphones, smartwatches and other similar devices. Besides, you can also use your voice to do things, such as turn the lights off or play a song. If you can do all these today, imagine what this technology will be like in 25 years.
Metal keys have already been replaced in many environments. It is only a matter of time until they become completely useless. Many cars can be started with buttons. You just need the fob to be nearby to open up by itself. While not so popular, some locks today can be opened with voice commands, fingerprints, retinal scans or just some basic gestures. It is only a matter of time until keys will be entirely disposed of.
Imagine limitless battery and never having to worry when your smartphones gives you a low battery warning. Forget about power outages and other similar issues. Some smartphones today can be charged with wireless pads. The technology grows and aims to take the world over. Some devices also rely on nothing but the Wi-Fi signal or radio waves to charge smartphones. The technology is not perfectly developed, so there are still a few flaws here and there, but give it a few years.
While it is sad to see things you grew up with disappear out of nowhere, no one can deny that technology is exciting. Things that you could only see in sci-fi films are now part of everyone’s reality.