Technology is a dominant force in our society, and as it advances, it changes the problems we face daily. For instance, while sending a file via Bluetooth was our worst nightmare once, nowadays many of us have forgot those troubles.
Do you remember how expensive it once was to send a text message or use the Internet? Do you remember using video recorders, CD players, or MP3 players? Do you remember when we waited for hours to call someone because it was cheaper at night?
As times change, they make many of these issues disappear, and bring brand new challenges.
Scroll down to see 30 outdated problems we once dealt with, but are just a history today:
Ramona Pringle, Director at the Creative Innovation Studio and Associate Professor at the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University, explains the fast changes that technology brings over time:
“Technology advances exponentially, not linearly. We tend to think of the world linearly: that what happened the year or decade before is an indication of what to expect in the next year or decade. But in fact, change happens at an ever-increasing pace because one advancement builds upon the last.
They’re not necessarily devices, but systems and software, and that might make it look like there isn’t as much change because there aren’t the new devices we’ve come to expect (everyone’s waiting for what comes after the smartphone)—but instead, advances in the power of what those devices can do.”
Yet, can we predict what awaits us in the future?
Many believe that on the eve of 2030, we will all think of these days as primitive.
Researchers at Oxford Economics conducted a study that indicates that robots will likely take over 20 million manufacturing jobs around the globe in the next decade.
The predictions of a 2017 McKinsey report were even more scary- it showed that the number of lost jobs globally will be around 800 million, and artificial intelligence algorithms will replace all those people.
According to entrepreneur Peter Diamandis , the pace of tech innovation is about to dramatically accelerate:
“I can palpably feel how fast things are changing and that the rate of change is accelerating. In the next 10 years, we’re going to reinvent every industry on this planet, but the change is one that is for the benefit of masses, whether it’s in longevity or food or banking.
Communication networks, sensors, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, blockchain, and AI are all exponentially improving. But they are also being interweaved and converging: for example, AI with robotics.”
He predicted that car ownership will soon disappear, AI will be in charge of our shopping, and we might purchase clothes in the mall via Virtual Reality!
John Maeda, the chief experience officer at the digital consultancy Publicis Sapient, predicts that by 2050, “computational machines will have surpassed the processing power of all the living human brains on Earth’, so we will witness “a lasting cooperation between the human race and the computational machines of the future.”
Does these predictions scare you or you are eager to welcome the new changes?