When new technology is launched, we snatch it up, and a month later we can’t envision what life was like without it. But consider the technology that it replaced? We often forget about it as it fades into history. For example, the telephone: our phones today do so much and landlines are swiftly getting eliminated. Yes, many people still use them but it’s not hard to imagine a near future where they will be gone completely from households.
It’s an intriguing evolution that technology undergoes. So we thought we would highlight a handful of the technologies that may vanish in the next ten years.
Fax Machines: Don’t you hate receiving or sending faxes? It’s not just you. The fax machine, once the height of gee-whiz technology, is now a pain in the posterior. Don’t be shocked if all our “faxing” in the future is done totally through e-mail.
Newspaper Classified Ads: The Huffington Post fairly recently listed newspaper classified ads as an endangered species. That’s primarily due to the online garage sale that is Craigslist. By providing people the chance to advertise their used futons for free, Craigslist provided a fatal body blow to newspaper-classified sections across the nation.
Film-Based Cameras: It seems like film-based cameras are on their way out as well. People have a deep love for classic film so it has taken a while for people to completely transition to digital. But with digital cameras, you can save all your pictures digitally and easily distribute them over the Internet without having to save negatives. Even Kodak has seen the effects of this change. There is no arguing that in general we are going to bid farewell to film-based cameras.
The Calculator Watch: In its short-lived life; the calculator watch was a well-loved item. It made it easy to always have a calculator handy when you needed one. When cell phones with built in calculators came into existence, the calculator watch went out the window. It’s pretty obvious why PCWorld listed it as an obsolete technology.
The Video Arcade: The video arcade might be dying as well. Older gamers remember hoarding quarters so they could later feed them into Pac-Man and Space Invaders consoles at their local malls. Those days are gone, though. Gamers today prefer experiencing their video adventures from the convenience of their own homes.