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Things Babies Born in 2011 Will Never Know

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  1. Zion

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    Things Babies Born in 2011 Will Never Know
    by Stacy Johnson
    Wednesday, January 5, 2011

    Huffington Post recently put up a story called You're Out: 20 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade. It's a great retrospective on the technology leaps we've made since the new century began, and it got me thinking about the difference today's technology will make in the lives of tomorrow's kids.

    Video tape: Starting this year, the news stories we produce here at Money Talks have all been shot, edited, and distributed to TV stations without ever being on any kind of tape. Not only that, the tape-less broadcast camera we use today offers much higher quality than anything that could have been imagined 10 years ago -- and cost less than the lens on the camera we were using previously.

    Travel agents: While not dead today, this profession is one of many that's been decimated by the Internet. When it's time for their honeymoon, will those born in 2011 be able to find one?

    The separation of work and home: When you're carrying an email-equipped computer in your pocket, it's not just your friends who can find you -- so can your boss. For kids born this year, the wall between office and home will be blurry indeed.

    Books, magazines, and newspapers: Like video tape, words written on dead trees are on their way out. Sure, there may be books -- but for those born today, stores that exist solely to sell them will be as numerous as record stores are now.

    Movie rental stores: You actually got in your car and drove someplace just to rent a movie?

    Watches: Maybe as quaint jewelry, but the correct time is on your smartphone, which is pretty much always in your hand.

    Paper maps: At one time these were available free at every gas station. They're practically obsolete today, and the next generation will probably have to visit a museum to find one.

    Wired phones: Why would you pay $35 every month to have a phone that plugs into a wall? For those born today, this will be a silly concept.

    Long distance: Thanks to the Internet, the days of paying more to talk to somebody in the next city, state, or even country are limited.

    Newspaper classifieds: The days are gone when you have to buy a bunch of newsprint just to see what's for sale.

    Dial-up Internet: While not everyone is on broadband, it won't be long before dial-up Internet goes the way of the plug-in phone.

    Encyclopedias: Imagine a time when you had to buy expensive books that were outdated before the ink was dry. This will be a nonsense term for babies born today.

    Forgotten friends: Remember when an old friend would bring up someone you went to high school with, and you'd say, "Oh yeah, I forgot about them!" The next generation will automatically be in touch with everyone they've ever known even slightly via Facebook.

    Forgotten anything else: Kids born this year will never know what it was like to stand in a bar and incessantly argue the unknowable. Today the world's collective knowledge is on the computer in your pocket or purse. And since you have it with you at all times, why bother remembering anything?

    The evening news: The news is on 24/7. And if you're not home to watch it, that's OK -- it's on the smartphone in your pocket.

    CDs: First records, then 8-track, then cassette, then CDs -- replacing your music collection used to be an expensive pastime. Now it's cheap(er) and as close as the nearest Internet connection.

    Film cameras: For the purist, perhaps, but for kids born today, the word "film" will mean nothing. In fact, even digital cameras -- both video and still -- are in danger of extinction as our pocket computers take over that function too.


    Yellow and White Pages: Why in the world would you need a 10-pound book just to find someone?

    Catalogs: There's no need to send me a book in the mail when I can see everything you have for sale anywhere, anytime. If you want to remind me to look at it, send me an email.

    Fax machines: Can you say "scan," ".pdf" and "email?"

    One picture to a frame: Such a waste of wall/counter/desk space to have a separate frame around each picture. Eight gigabytes of pictures and/or video in a digital frame encompassing every person you've ever met and everything you've ever done -- now, that's efficient. Especially compared to what we used to do: put our friends and relatives together in a room and force them to watch what we called a "slide show" or "home movies."

    Wires: Wires connecting phones to walls? Wires connecting computers, TVs, stereos, and other electronics to each other? Wires connecting computers to the Internet? To kids born in 2011, that will make as much sense as an electric car trailing an extension cord.

    Hand-written letters: For that matter, hand-written anything. When was the last time you wrote cursive? In fact, do you even know what the word "cursive" means? Kids born in 2011 won't -- but they'll put you to shame on a tiny keyboard.

    Talking to one person at a time: Remember when it was rude to be with one person while talking to another on the phone? Kids born today will just assume that you're supposed to use texting to maintain contact with five or six other people while pretending to pay attention to the person you happen to be physically next to.

    Retirement plans: Yes, Johnny, there was a time when all you had to do was work at the same place for 20 years and they'd send you a check every month for as long as you lived. In fact, some companies would even pay your medical bills, too!

    Mail: What's left when you take the mail you receive today, then subtract the bills you could be paying online, the checks you could be having direct-deposited, and the junk mail you could be receiving as junk email? Answer: A bloated bureaucracy that loses billions of taxpayer dollars annually.

    Commercials on TV: They're terrifically expensive, easily avoided with DVRs, and inefficiently target mass audiences. Unless somebody comes up with a way to force you to watch them -- as with video on the Internet -- who's going to pay for them?

    Commercial music radio: Smartphones with music-streaming programs like Pandora are a better solution that doesn't include ads screaming between every song.

    Hiding: Not long ago, if you didn't answer your home phone, that was that -- nobody knew if you were alive or dead, much less where you might be. Now your phone is not only in your pocket, it can potentially tell everyone -- including advertisers -- exactly where you are.
     
  2. apollo33

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    I disagree about the letter and Written stuff

    because things on the web are so easy to forge these days, a lot of official documents will still need to be in ink and mailed

    Like for my student loan form, even though most of the process is online, there's this one part that has to be printed out filled out signed and mailed to them, and for my Education fund form, there's also one form that needs to be filled out with ink by my school and faxed
     
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    "Official" signatures are just as easy to forge.

    And besides, they'll be replaced by our government-issued electronic ID numbers soon, anyway.
     
  4. Shroopy2

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    A lot of that stuff sounds more hopeful than realistic, especially the holy grail of 100% telecommuting. All-in-one machines are economical for transport and cost, but not really good when the pc/phone/camera/life planner goes out at the same time from dropping it on the ground. Unless you have a cheap backup with all the data backed up onto it.

    "Talking to one person at a time" is an odd one. Thats just flat out overstating people's ability to multi-task. Thats almost like saying "Only watching just one TV show at a time".

    "Hiding"? Just say it ... NO PRIVACY! Kids now won't kwow true indepedence, they'll be monitored and databased extensively.
     
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    I always feel sad for people in professions replaced by machines. It's progress but most of these people don't have a lot of skills to break into another field.

    I know this guy, took photos of kids for families having holiday excursions at the local park. He had a lot of business back in the day. He's still doing the same thing today but, obviously, with everybody now carrying cameras, he looks more like a homeless guy.
     
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    In the real world, it still pays to connect with people, co-workers and friends in a "real" way. How many of you have tried to solve all of your problems over the internet or work completely this way, only to find that it was so much easier to just talk it all out with a coworker or boss.
     
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    A bit melodramatic if you ask me. Babies born in 2011 will never know CDs, encyclopedias, mail or newspapers? Meh, I think not. Sure, those things may become wholly obsolete in the near future, but they'll be around long enough.
     
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    disagree about cd's...cd's will always be better than mp3's
     
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    One picture to a frame

    Watches

    books


    I disagree with all those, they will never go away
     
  10. Jontro

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    They forgot about Cars, Airplanes, and all those manual means of transportation. Pretty soon we'll all be teleporting to anywhere we want to go.


    Also fashion will go the way of the corded phone because in the future, we all will be wearing the same clothes... just like in the movies.
     
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    My son is 15 and doesn't know anything about some of those.
     
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    add commercials to Rhino's list of things that won't go away. Even youtube now embeds ads...tv and radio will figure a way (or, like cable, the streaming services will add them)....

    I do think CD's have had their run....they had about the same lifespan as cassettes, and Albums and 45's before them.

    Other things the youngsters won't know:

    Being tethered to one computer for file storage. And the pain of backups. It'll all be 'in the cloud.' No need to transfer files. No being away from your data.

    True adventure. Before they go anywhere, they can preview it...through online forums, satellite views, trip reports etc. No backpack and plane ticket and the excitement of mystery and the unknown when they land.

    Spelling. Vowels in particular. Grammar.

    Also, add privacy to the gone list. Goes much much deeper then just not being able to 'hide.'
     
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    Anyone realize it's mostly due to the internet? I wonder what the next big game changer is going to be?
     
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    NeuroImplants

    Once we can communicate 'telepathically'

    Rocket River
     
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    p*rn: The pages used to stick together. No longer a problem online.
     
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    That happens with me at work every month. I WORK IN digital document conversion. Text based communication definitely has its flaws. Misunderstandings a'plenty, bad grammar people purposely tuning out, Its exactly what it is, being able to be both insincere and not forthright. Can football and basketball players train through internet and texting?

    I don't think "efficiency" is a way to live really. Also, like someone in CF pointed out in another thread, if automation is such a time saver how come people now are working MORE hours than ever? How come a common complaint of people is "don't have time"? All you do is cut down time to fill up that time again with more bullsh_t to do. Its a neverending stream of being unappreciative.
     
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    People will still wear watches and read books, and only yuppie writers think everyone will work from home. And wires will still exist. I don't know what phone/kindle reception is like in a subway or if plane protocol has changed, but if not I would think paper magazines and newspapers will still have a place.
     
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    walkman. discman. minidisc etc.
     
  19. Dei

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    Disagree.

    Those are just formats. What they brought was music portability and we still have that in mp3 players and phones today.
     

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