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Old 03-04-2012, 10:58 AM
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Question 9 Things That Will Disappear.

I would love to hear what you think number 10 would be. I know I have seen alot of things come and go just in my lifetime. This should be an interesting thread if people try to guess number 10! I remember the milkman and the milk bottles on the front porch. Yes I am aging myself.



Makes you wonder what number 10 will be?

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9 Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime


Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come.

1. The Post Office
Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

2. The Check
Britainis already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.

3. The Newspaper*
The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.

4. The Book
You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.

5.The Land Line Telephone
Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes

6. Music
This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalogue items," meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."

7.Television
Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they're playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It's time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

8.The "Things" That You Own
Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud." Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services." That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But, will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

9. Privacy
If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. "They" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.
All we will have left that can't be changed are "Memories." And then probably Alzheimers will take that away from you too!

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Old 03-04-2012, 01:26 PM
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10. Cars that run on gasoline.

11. Coins and banknotes – physical form of money in general.

 
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:19 PM
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12 - Wars - Hopefully peace in the world, people deserve to live peacecully and be prosperous across the globe.
 
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:53 PM
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I have been thinking about it and I am sorry to say I think our rights are on the chopping block as I see them disappear everyday. Not just by TSA but by the government at every level

Here is a good example. This is absolutely stupid!

http://www.naturalnews.com/035143_TS...p_bottles.html
 
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:10 PM
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Must say that most of what I thought of ... was in the article. (I tried not to read ahead)

I've seen TV heading out for a long time now. Newspapers too. Those and the post office would have been my top guesses.

Must say I see freedoms going too, and that saddens me. I can hope there is a political turnaround, but I'm not holding my breath. I wish I could say I'd expect to see an end to wars, but I don't actually expect that humans will ever be able to run a peaceful planet. Just isn't in man's nature. Someone always wants something that belongs to someone else. At least that's what I see it boiling down to.

Read your second article, Weebitty ... and it's exactly what I was thinking at that point:
"Gosh, I'm surprised she wasn't then raided at gunpoint by the FDA for trafficking raw milk!"

I mean, we're talking interstate trafficking here.

I wonder if movie theaters will be on that list someday as well? Myself, I prefer to wait to rent it, and if I REALLY like it enough to devote space in my house to it, I might buy the DVD after it becomes cheaper. Can't really see spending what they charge for movies these days.
 
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:12 AM
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because the Universe is expanding (ever away) eventually there will be no stars in the night sky - tell me it isn't true ...
 
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:19 PM
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Music will never disappear, just the format it's on and the the possible good quality of it, such as Rebecca Black's "Friday."

War will never cease, or more specifically, there'll never be complete peace as long as we live. Maybe in some utopian future society in a thousand years or so, but I'm not even sure about that due to dwindling natural resources and human nature.

I was going to say gasoline cars but I'm going out on a limb and going to say laptop and desktop computers in their modern state. With things like the cloud and also possible scenarios like on Minority Report where you drag the screen out of thin air or the new see through tablets, bulky computers may be a thing of the past.

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because the Universe is expanding (ever away) eventually there will be no stars in the night sky - tell me it isn't true ...
Are you immortal, because you must plan on living a looooong "life time?" (It was within our lifetimes.) But thanks for the negativity on a Monday.
 
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:30 PM
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Are you immortal, because you must plan on living a looooong "life time?" (It was within our lifetimes.) But thanks for the negativity on a Monday.
No not immortal and I did miss the "in our lifetime" and yes a consideration that someone might possibly correct.
 
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:18 PM
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Ice on North Pole will disappear
 
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:02 AM
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I think number 3.4.6,7 wont disappear as some other countries are still using them and has been for a long time.
 
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:49 AM
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It will be a cold day in hades when I do without my morning newspaper - the online ones just don't cut it.
 
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10 -->> HMV music stores, overpriced and increasingly pointless.

Televisions a good pick for number 7, it's rubbish compared to what you can watch online
 
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It will be a cold day in hades when I do without my morning newspaper - the online ones just don't cut it.
As much news as I read on the internet, there will never be a substitute for the Wall Street Journal with the morning cup of coffee ... all hail the hardcopy.
 
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Defined Benefit Pension plans and retirement Health Care will be gone soon. Companies cannot afford to compete if they offer these two holy-grails of long term employment. 401K's, IRA's and some savings that detach the employer from the employee are the way of the future.
 
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:35 AM
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Brb reinstalling windows, must be something wrong with my computer because I didn't see a source.

Post Office - Maybe in some places, ppl will still want to mail things for a while, just nowhere near as much.

The Check (Cheque) - Yes probably

The Newspaper - Yes, there will be some news sites that refuse to adopt the paid subscription model though.

The Book - Yes eventually except collectors (still plenty of vinyl records changing hands).

The Land Line Telephone - Maybe in metro area's and new developments, I still can't ditch my land line at this time.

Music - Never, there will always be people that make music for the joy of it, maybe we will see less mega rich "superstars" and see more musicians self recording and releasing music, cutting out the big labels.

Television - Maybe once internet speeds and streaming technology catch up. But not everyone is connected to the net even now.

The Things that you Own - Can't see that happening, I personally won't trust virtual companies with my media collections, I prefer to keep it all on my own hard drives. Already heard stories of people losing entire collections that were stored online.

Privacy - I agree there, most of us gave that up already, especially people that put their entire lives online via social media. As for companies collecting data, most of it is just data, handled by computer servers, unless you do something serious I think it is still highly unlikely that a human will be manually searching through your personal data.

Just my opinions based on my experiences, the one's I disagree with would be because I personally won't give them up willingly, at least not at this time.

But who knows what the future holds.
 
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