Technological progress is unstoppable. It’s a natural thing: everything changes in the world, and so happens in the field of technology. Twenty years ago, the internet was a strange thing that we couldn’t understand, and now it’s an indispensable part of our daily life. Everything is there: communications, news, transport bookings, banking operations… All this thanks, in part, to the smartphone boom and its applications. There are some problems that still lack an app in order to be solved, but we have one to order food online… It’s already something.
Our habits change because of technology, or we change technology because of our needs, it doesn’t matter. The fact is that with these changes other things will gradually disappear, things that until now have been deep-rooted in our lives, but are no longer so useful.
Things we’ll say goodbye to soon.
It’s surprising that in a few years they could be extinct. We hardly see any nowadays. In the home, each family member has their own phone with their own contacts, personal files, apps and so on. The landline phone is rarely used.
Simple mobile phones.
Those used only for calling. There was a time when you used to say: I need a mobile just for calling.” And now, you feel lost if you don’t get WiFi on your mobile. We use our phones as laptops, cameras, diaries, GPD devices. Now we can even use them to pay for things and to check our bank accounts. And we do it while going on the metro. A phone that “just calls” is something obsolete.
USB flash drives.
These are still very popular today, but cloud services like Dropbox or Google Drive are gathering momentum offering almost unlimited space. It’s easier to store our documents in a cloud, so that we can use them from any device. Those files are safe in case our computer breaks down. It’s quicker and more efficient than constantly copying files to physical devices.
We are not talking about GPS technology itself, but about those gadgets we have in the car. The GPS system was a useful invention for drivers and travellers, who no longer needed to carry a big map in the glove compartment. Modern mobile phones have GPS, more and more cars have built-in GPS. That will leave those gadgets with a single function out of the market very soon.
Once upon a time there was the VHS and then the DVD arrived. But the progress continues. Although the Blu-ray is the main format in the audiovisual market now, we should still consider streaming services, like Netflix, with its catalogue of thousands of audio and video files. Fewer and fewer DVDs come out, and soon they will become as obsolete as the VHS.
Whether we speak about paper money or credit cards, technology is changing the way we use money. It becomes more digitized, we tend to buy things on the internet and make payments or transfers using mobile applications. There are two outcomes: there will be fewer ATMs, and also crypto-currencies may take over, so we will pay by touching the screen of our phones.