Technology is advancing at an incredible rate. It’s difficult to imagine a world without Google, cell phones, and debit cards. Seriously, how did people meet up in the 80s? Now imagine what our kids or our kids’ kids will remember about OUR technology. They might NOT. Ever. “Google” (pronounced goo-GLAY) could just be a funny looking word… or it could be SkyNet by then. Do the words BetaMax, phonograph, or floppy disk mean anything to you? Exactly. That’s why when we saw this article on Yahoo from Stacy Johnson at Money Talks News about things that babies born in 2011 will never know, we turned up our hearing aid, hiked up our trousers, and grumbled, “fiddlesticks!” Those whippersnappers better recognize!
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.
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?
Maybe as quaint jewelry, but the correct time is on your smartphone, which is pretty much always in your hand.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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: Abloated 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?