Wired.com reviewed technological experiences that our children might not experience at all, from videotapes to developing a photo film.
“There are some things in this world that will never be forgotten, like first step on the moon, for example. But Moore’s Law and our ever-increasing quest for simpler, smaller, faster and better widgets and thingamabobs will always ensure that some of the technology we grew up with will not be passed down the line to the next generation of geeks. They will only find stories about the good old days of modems and typewriters, slide rules and encyclopedias … “says Wired, which make a list of things our kids may never know about.
Televisions with rotary buttons, no remote control, they will appear in museum exhibits, like vinyl records, typewriters, answering machine, vacuum cleaners with bags embed, faxes, phones and disc files. The Internet will have a better life, I think those at Wired, so that new generations will not wait several hours for a download, but no longer know what privacy is.
Virtual world will also leads to the disappearance of another list of objects and habits:
- Newspapers and magazines made from dead trees
- Filling out an order form by hand, putting it in an envelope and posting it – Not knowing exactly what all of your friends are doing and thinking at every moment
- Carrying on a correspondence with real letters, especially the handwritten kind
- Doing bank business only when the bank is open – Shopping only during the day, Monday to Saturday
- The fact that words generally don’t have num8er5 in them
Computers or video games are not exemption from the replacement with new technology. Among the things and sensations that will be forgotten in the near future are:
- Noise produced by a modem when connected
- Booting your computer off of a floppy disk
- The buzz of a dot-matrix printer
- Counting in kilobytes
- Wondering if you can afford to buy a RAM upgrade
- Being forced to remove something from you hard to make space
- Joysticks Gadgets will put an end to a lifestyle.
One which involves:
- To put a film in the camera
- Sending that film away to be processed
- Rotary-dial telephones
- Getting lost. With GPS coming to more and more phones, your location is only a click away
- Remembering someone’s phone number
- Not knowing who was calling you on the phone
- Having to manually unlock a car door
- Libraries as a place to get books rather than a place to use the internet
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