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Bubba
04-07-2017, 11:23 AM
There have been a number of things in my lifetime that have been rendered obsolete. Off the top of my head you have video cassettes, floppy discs, getting film developed, movie rental stores, fax machines... loads of things in fact!

What do you see going obsolete over the next 50 years or so?

Psychotic
04-07-2017, 11:28 AM
Here's a bold one for you all: Television.

starlet
04-07-2017, 12:28 PM
I barely remember rotary phones but they were a thing when I was a kid still. Fuck 0's!

Bubba
04-07-2017, 12:39 PM
Ha yeah, rotary phones! I reckon they'll still have a retro market though.

Televisions may change but surely they won't be obsolete? Replaced by what?

Slothy
04-07-2017, 12:56 PM
Replaced by a consolidation of computers and TV's almost certainly. Perhaps into some new form factor we can't predict.

Psychotic
04-07-2017, 12:59 PM
TVablets.

Bubba
04-07-2017, 01:05 PM
Maybe a wall interface or something. YOUR ENTIRE WALL IS YOUR SCREEN.

Fynn
04-07-2017, 01:33 PM
I do remember rotary phones! Also those big-ass Nokias that could break your foot if you dropped them

Freya
04-07-2017, 02:36 PM
Back in my day we had purple and green ketchup

Bubba
04-07-2017, 03:33 PM
Back in my day we had purple and green ketchup

Erm... how long has it been in your cupboard?

Freya
04-07-2017, 03:35 PM
Back in my day we had purple and green ketchup

Erm... how long has it been in your cupboard?
https://images.fastcompany.com/upload/heinz-ez-squirt-275.jpg

Bubba
04-07-2017, 03:39 PM
I just threw up on my keyboard

Citizen Bleys
04-07-2017, 04:12 PM
Humans

Jinx
04-07-2017, 05:46 PM
My parents hated the purple ketchup and said you could taste the dye. As someone who has never liked ketchup and only wanted it because I was 9 (and also having the palate of a 9yo), I couldn't tell you if it's true, but I believe it.

Butterfly hair clips, man. And remember that hairstyles we'd all do where like, you twisted your hair back is several lines, then clipped with the butterflies and it looked like you were wearing a crown? THAT LOOK WAS ON POINT. Pair with white eye shadow, frosty lips with dark lip liner, and those shoes that were just like clogs of leather wood with a single strap of fabric on top and you were hot shit.

Sephex
04-07-2017, 05:57 PM
*Having to go through a firewall of someone's parents/siblings if you wanted to talk to your friend, or worse, someone you LIKE-liked.

*Leaving the house and no one freaking out as long as you made it before dark. Special accommodations could be made if you gave a reasonable time. As I got older, just simply letting my parents know what I was doing was cool. I never got in trouble so I didn't really have a curfew.

*If you missed something on TV you were boned unless they reran it, which might not even happen for months or years.

*Hear a song on the radio you like? Better prepare to shell out 17 to 30 dollars and hope other songs on the album are good or record that trout on a cassette tape while you hear it on the radio.

*Be kind, please rewind

*There was this mythical time that when you played video games you were able to start playing the game almost immediately instead of watching 400 unskippable logos go by.

*Also, if you were stuck in a game you better hope it was covered in a magazine. No internet. That or hope one of your smarter friends or cousins figured it out. Otherwise just keep playing until you got it.

*Don't let your beeper go off during class or else it's a pain in the ass to get it back and absolutely everyone will assume you are a drug dealer.

*Want to play a computer game? Learn DOS. /dir

EDIT: Found an actual picture of me taken 70 years ago.

http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/fantendo/images/3/35/Old-snake.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100415221455

Colonel Angus
04-08-2017, 02:26 AM
*If you missed something on TV you were boned unless they reran it, which might not even happen for months or years.

My mom still hasn't seen the series finale of The Pretender, even though it ended 17 years ago.

maybee
04-08-2017, 08:56 AM
Those things where you walk in and hire a DVD or a VHS tape for a while and then bring it back after 3 days, or a 1 for a new release.

FFNut
04-08-2017, 05:24 PM
Not just video game rental stores are gone, but Video game stores as well.
Arcades were the place to hang out at one time in my life.
Taxi's will go with the cars that drive themselves in the future.
Wind power will be gone as well soon. Just there is no payout for the turbines there. Better options still.

krissy
04-08-2017, 06:15 PM
yeah back in my day we had porn too

Mister Adequate
04-08-2017, 06:46 PM
Plans to hang out were either made in advance or not made at all, and you just showed up at your mate's.

Having early Internet and thus having the sounds of dial-up etched deep into your psyche.

Having early Internet and a dad happy to pirate shit, then getting told you were lying your ass off when he got a beta of Windows 98 sometime in 1997.

Pirating games meant taking your system to a dude who knew how to open it up and tinker with the insides, and then buying discs for like a fiver each. Bonus: Said tinkering also removed region encoding so you could import stuff. This led to paying 60 for an imported copy of Xenogears (Around $100 at the time).

Completely fucking inscrutable adventure games and no Internet to help you.

maybee
04-08-2017, 09:04 PM
Having early Internet and thus having the sounds of dial-up etched deep into your psyche.
.

I miss that sound so much.

That EEEEEEEEEEE BEEP BEEP BEEP EEEEEEEEEH EEEEEEEEHHHH KAAARKKHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH sound, so goood.

Colonel Angus
04-09-2017, 02:53 AM
Completely smurfing inscrutable adventure games and no Internet to help you.
Yep, back in the day you either had to figure it out yourself or hope that a gaming magazine would have a guide.

Sephex
04-09-2017, 03:44 AM
Here. This is my only other controller.

http://i.imgur.com/P22U4Ib.jpg

Chibi Youkai
04-09-2017, 04:25 AM
Anyone remember those jelly sandals that were popular in the 90's? I miss those.

Mirage
04-09-2017, 07:25 PM
Maybe a wall interface or something. YOUR ENTIRE WALL IS YOUR SCREEN.

So it's a TV then. Just embedded into your wall.

TVs might be gone anyway, assuming they can make good enough and light enough VR/AR goggles. Like, no bigger or heavier than regular glasses. Or even as small as contacts.

Mr. Carnelian
04-10-2017, 01:32 AM
Floppy discs were great fun, I loved them. Dial-up internet can rot in its cold grave, hated that trout. Blockbusters was good, it's easier to get a sense of what you're looking for when movies are laid out physically in front of you then if you're just scrolling through Netflix. Getting photos developed was brilliant, you had no idea whether the photos you were going to get were great or absolute garbage. And when you picked them up from Boots, they came in a neat little folder. Don't really remember fax machines, to be honest, I was too young to be in a position to have to use those, really. Only ever saw a rotary phone as a retro statement: they weren't really a thing by the mid-90s, the vast majority of people had push-button.



Scientists have invented a sieve with holes so fine that they can filter the salt from sea water, turning it into fresh, potentially drinkable water. So, hopefully prohibitely expensive desalintation will become obselete, and people dying of dehydration will be a thing of the past in the not-so-distant future.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39482342

Physical memory storage could well become obselete, at least for the general population. More and more data is being stored on "the cloud". Obviously, this does mean that the data is being stored in a physical device somewhere, but I expect that consumer technology will rely more and more on cloud storage and increasingly less on having inbuilt memory storage.

Perhaps even external computers full stop could become obselete. By which I mean, people might have computer chips in their brains, which they interact with through augmented reality displays.

Possibly nuclear fission reactors. Cold fusion - i.e nuclear fusion which uses less, ideally significantly less, power to initiate than it produces - could be just around the corner, relatively speaking, although it's seemed like it could be "just around the corner" on and off for decades, so who knows.

Citizen Bleys
04-10-2017, 09:41 AM
Possibly nuclear fission reactors. Cold fusion - i.e nuclear fusion which uses less, ideally significantly less, power to initiate than it produces - could be just around the corner, relatively speaking, although it's seemed like it could be "just around the corner" on and off for decades, so who knows.
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Cold fusion is a joke. The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics prohibit it.

Mirage
04-10-2017, 09:48 AM
Perhaps even external computers full stop could become obselete. By which I mean, people might have computer chips in their brains, which they interact with through augmented reality displays.


Unlikely. If we can get x amount of computing power in a brain-chip, the same technology is probably going to enable machines with x*100 the computing power in a regular computer, simply because of the power limitations you'd need to put in place for a chip that's going to function inside your body. Sure, maybe a lot of people won't need that amount of power, but professionals who need to do a lot of hard data processing will. Or they'll rent computing power from some cloud service, but that's not going to be free either.

Not sure why it would have to be in people's brains though, if it's going to use an external display anyway.

FFNut
04-10-2017, 10:03 AM
Speaking of phones, I remeber having a Bag Phone in the truck, and when it rang the truck horn would go off. Then we all got flip phones. Those didn't last either.

Mr. Carnelian
04-10-2017, 02:47 PM
Cold fusion is a joke. The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics prohibit it.

Room temperature fusion will never happen: cold fusion wasn't the right phrase, I was thinking of low-energy fusion. Low-energy fusion - at least low energy enough to make it worthwhile - could well happen.





Perhaps even external computers full stop could become obselete. By which I mean, people might have computer chips in their brains, which they interact with through augmented reality displays.


Unlikely. If we can get x amount of computing power in a brain-chip, the same technology is probably going to enable machines with x*100 the computing power in a regular computer, simply because of the power limitations you'd need to put in place for a chip that's going to function inside your body. Sure, maybe a lot of people won't need that amount of power, but professionals who need to do a lot of hard data processing will. Or they'll rent computing power from some cloud service, but that's not going to be free either.

Not sure why it would have to be in people's brains though, if it's going to use an external display anyway.

By augmented reality display, I mean that people might interact with technology using a virtual "display": i.e there's no physical display, it's superimposed onto the real world by the chip, and the chip interprets your interactions with the sumperimposed image as instructions. Kind of like the omni-tools in Mass Effect. You're absolutely right that larger machines will always be needed for professional purposes. But regular consumers really don't need all that much processing power: I have no problem believing that all the computing power a regular person could need could fit into a device small enough to be placed inside someone's skull within this century.

Mirage
04-10-2017, 10:19 PM
That is, unless we hit some road-block when it comes to improving computer components. Silicon is already close to its limits, so something better, that is as cheap to manufacture, is going to be required to get much further than we are today. There are some promising technologies that are being explored, but no one's really made a functioning prototype with them yet.

If we actually do reach such a road block, I suspect we'll get much more cloud-based tech, maybe even just a mini-cloud that you'd put somewhere in your house, that would distribute high-quality, super-low latency video streams to our smaller devices, reducing their need for processing power. The main drive in semiconductor tech now is to increase performance per watt, rather than performance in total, although total performance does creep upwards a bit every gen too. It's just not a lot anymore.

Due to the enormous power bills of supercomputers, this works just as well for them as making more powerful single chips, as they can just use several less powerful that have higher performance:watt ratio and it'll still pay off in the end because they can calculate more with less power. It does take more space, however.

I really doubt we'll have commercial direct brain interface chips in 50 years. Maybe in 100, though. The current technologies we have for brain interfaces is... extremely primitive, and research into it is going slow, due to not a lot of people being interested in having their skulls cut open and be guinea pigs. It's basically only done with people who have severe disabilities and could gain a lot from even low-level primitive interfaces. These interfaces are also big, and require cables going through your skin, and sometimes you start bleeding around the plug.

Del Murder
04-10-2017, 10:39 PM
Here's a bold one for you all: Television.
Maybe not 'TV screens' as projection devices but I do agree the network and cable broadcasting model will die off with all the old people who still cling to it. All media will be on demand, with the exception of movies since that 'theater' experience is still something people enjoy and Box Offices are still raking in the cash.

Here's my bold one: Aging.

Another one: Real meat (other than in fancy restaurants).

Finally: A free and open internet (ehhh, I guess it depends on how you define it).

Citizen Bleys
04-10-2017, 11:43 PM
Here's my bold one: Aging.



More on this prz. You think psychogenesis might be realistic?

Del Murder
04-10-2017, 11:50 PM
Here you go:

http://time.com/4711023/how-to-keep-your-dna-from-aging/

Only a matter of time. If not some kind of DNA drug like this, we will find the singularity and be able to download ourselves into robot bodies (or some virtual world). Hopefully it doesn't turn out like a Black Mirror episode.

Laddy
04-11-2017, 07:29 AM
u guys are fucking old

Citizen Bleys
04-11-2017, 11:40 AM
Eh, not as cool as psychogenesis, but at least you keep your memories.

Colonel Angus
04-11-2017, 09:57 PM
I prefer segagenesis.

Sephex
04-12-2017, 01:09 PM
"Hi! Rex Flexall here to tell you about my new exercise program! I am 55 years old, and yes, this IS my original body! Access the play store partition in your brain to order now!"

fire_of_avalon
04-13-2017, 04:17 AM
Friendship. We will have VR friends! Who cares about other people?! (Me I do)

Lone Wolf Leonhart
04-13-2017, 06:49 AM
*Also, if you were stuck in a game you better hope it was covered in a magazine. No internet. That or hope one of your smarter friends or cousins figured it out. Otherwise just keep playing until you got it.

As a side to this, buying a video game magazine for the free poster.

If you didn't want to rip it, you had to painstakingly take the staples out of the magazine binding.

Old Manus
04-13-2017, 12:07 PM
I reckon driving will be today's horse-riding - a leisure activity for enthusiasts. If you want to zip around, you'll have to take your car to a track somewhere.

Jinx
04-13-2017, 03:23 PM
mafia

Shauna
04-13-2017, 05:00 PM
Internet forums

Freya
04-13-2017, 05:59 PM
Craft kits/toys. We had a bunch of like shrinky dinks and easy bake ovens and shit and they just don't market that stuff anymore.

Citizen Bleys
04-13-2017, 06:22 PM
Craft kits/toys. We had a bunch of like shrinky dinks and easy bake ovens and trout and they just don't market that stuff anymore.


shrinky dinks


shrinky dinks

Good grief, what type of dystopian hellscape did you grow up in?

Pheesh
04-13-2017, 07:54 PM
Emo. That's going to be an interesting one to explain to the kids.

Vasher
05-20-2017, 08:45 AM
Yup, my wife and I used to, but with the 3 kids it's difficult just to eek out an "x".

Vasher
05-20-2017, 08:49 AM
shrinky dinks

Good grief, what type of dystopian hellscape did you grow up in?

The pool was cold, don't judge.

Skyblade
05-20-2017, 04:40 PM
Craft kits/toys. We had a bunch of like shrinky dinks and EASY BAKE OVENS and trout and they just don't market that stuff anymore.

We can rebuild it. We have the technology.

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