Thursday, January 7, 2016
What do TV remotes, passwords and cash money have in common?
By Don Keith
Rapid technological change guarantees that some things we take for granted will be replaced by things and technology most of us can't even imagine. I still get a kick out of those web sites that offer up sounds you simply don't hear anymore...like the squeaks and squawks of dial-up Internet service, the cheery "You've got mail!" alert from AOL, or the clicks of the old manual typewriter.
Well, here is a list of five things that one article claims will be gone in a mere five years. I can't say I disagree with any of them. I rarely use cash to pay for anything anymore. I've probably electronically signed a dozen documents in the past month. And when I visited a friend recently, we giggled over the astonishing number of remote controls he had strewn around his living room. But we talked about how he would soon either use his phone to replace all of them or use some other kind of magical wand that employed wi-fi to do the work of all those battery hogs.
Yeah, I admit I am slow on some things. Though I have storage for data out there in the cloud (an author really does get paranoid about losing a book manuscript seconds before typing "The End."), I still can't resist backing up onto a thumb drive as well as an external hard drive.
Still, whether it is five years or not, the time will come when we all get over that attachment to something we can see and feel and take advantage of all that space out there in the ether. And then, bye bye thumb drive.