The landline phone has already been replaced by your mobile phone. If you have lived in India and if you are in your 30s or 40s, or even late 20s, you will remember that shady line man who would cut your telephone line so that you would bribe him in order to be able to use your phone again. All those phone problems seem to belong to a totally different, dark (communication wise) era with every family member now having his or her own phone, even school going kids.
This blog post lists 5 contemporary technologies that are being rendered obsolete right now. These are not futuristic speculations.
- Driver-controlled cars: Google has already posted videos of its car prototypes that drive on their own. Yes, all you have to do is sit back in your car and then your car drives you to your destination. In the meantime you can watch a movie, catch a quick nap or even have a raunchy session with your partner at the backseat while your car is driving around (make sure your backseat mirrors are dark in that case, and if having dark mirrors are legal in your country). I know, I know, I am exaggerating, because even in order to drive such a car, you require basic driving skills, but there will soon be a time when you can order your car to go pick your kid from school.
- Smartphones: These devices are ubiquitous at the moment but with the advent of wearable technologies they will soon be a thing of the past. If you look around, everybody carries a smartphone (or a basic phone for that matter) in his or her hand and many people have already predicted that there is going to be some evolutionary change if we keep on carrying around smartphones texting and talking. So what’s the solution? As mentioned above, wearable technologies are a big thing these days. You get smartwatches that can be synced with your existing smartphone. You can check your messages, email, and social networking updates. You can click photographs. In many cases you can also receive calls and make phone calls. So if everything can be done from your smartwatch, then why have a smartphone? Similarly, the Google Glass offers you pretty much the same services that a smartphone offers you. Many embedded technologies are being worked on that will allow you to fit your communication devices inside your ears or somewhere under your skin on your neck that will enable you to carry out all the communication activities just by your thoughts.
- Electricity and other cables: Just like you receive phone calls or Internet signals via Wi-Fi, you can also receive electricity in the same manner. Imagine a world where there are no plugs and wires. The electricity simply reaches you. This means your phone can be charged without having to plug it into the wall socket. Your TV and music system can run without cables. You can fit your electric appliances and lighting devices practically everywhere without having to worry how the cable is going to reach there.
- Light switches: You can already switch on and off your lightbulbs with a clap or as in the case of the Ninja Sphere, even with your presence and absence. Smartphone applications are available that can be used to switch on and off your electronic devices. If you can program your devices, you don’t even need to switch them on and off – it happens automatically at pre-set times.
- Offices, workplaces and factories: Well, these are not technologies per se (although technologies are used within these work areas) but as connectivity and technology improves, most of the jobs will be performed remotely, as it is already happening in the case of telecommuting. Doctors are even conducting operations remotely. So there may come a time when you won’t even have to visit your doctor unless there is an extreme emergency. Even in that case, soon there will be a time when a doctor will be able to send tiny, microscopic robots to treat you (or you will already have such a set of microscopic robots stacked somewhere safely at home).
Of course this is not a comprehensive list. What other technologies you think are going to be replaced by newer, better technologies in the near future?