9 things that might disappear in our lifetime

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    Hair and teeth (Although hair is redistributed to other spots)
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    Yep, didn't the fax machine already become extinct? :no:

    Land-lines aren't going away anytime soon either.

    Music might change but it's here to stay.

    The TV can morph into the computer and vice-versa, so that's not going away.

    Things like pictures, documents, other information that can be digitized might be in a cloud, but we will never rid ourselves of tangible items.

    Books will see a decline, but people will still collect them. This is important because the cyber-terrorists/GOVERNMENT LEADERS might try and distort things you find on the WWW. Dictionaries, almanacs,Thesauruses, maps and other documented facts about people, places and things will prove useful to those that don't trust the web/internet.

    The PO will survive if the government keeps their hands off of their profits, and quits using the PO as their own personal piggy-bank/slush-fund.
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    Make it 10:

    Legal Tender - in the future I'll bet few businesses, if any at all, accept cash. That would also be a final way for government to get rid of the Black Market.
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    I'm not sure I find "documented facts" bound in leather much more convincing than those typed on a blog.
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    Could make it harder, but not final. If everything became bitcoins or similar, I'm pretty sure there'd be a way to buy a hooker or sell my stolen scooter w/ bitcoins.
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    The moment everything becomes dependent on the Internet will the moment when ALL intellectual activity and knowledge dissemination will be able to be SHUT DOWN at the flip of a switch somewhere.

    Want that?

    Physical options like books, checks, currency, etc. must ALWAYS remain in place in society or we are at "someone else's" mercy.
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    A child can start a blog/website. Do you trust children with facts? Books are more reliable in the way that publishers select their authors, but they too can be skewed as far as factual content... but it's less likely than the crap you can find on the WWW.
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    A discerning consumer of internet knowledge can filter through the plentiful crap of which you speak, and can do so more efficiently than with physical resources.

    In place of publishers (which are not free from bias or purpose), the internet uses the public at large as a publisher of sorts. Democratically vetted publishing, if you will. If governments take complete control over the content on the internet, there's no reason they can't take complete control over the content of books, though one could argue about the varied complexity of each task.

    You are correct that people will always collect and value books. I sure hope that they do. I'm just not as quick to consider internet knowledge as a less trustworthy form.
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    Do you trust the government? I didn't think so.
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    I remember doing a paper about this in a political science class when I was at UF. The internet has caused a splintering of all things media related. I was more concerned about it in the context of news media; but I certainly recognized that it would straddle entertainment as well. There is a similar migration with news, movies, television (for lack of a better word), and music. The internet has made it possible for more exposure for less people. 20 years ago I doubt a show like Mad Men or Breaking Bad would have been made. Moreover, more diverse and independent films are being made. Also, anyone with a computer can start a blog or pass on news. I am not sure whether this splintering is a good or bad thing. I think in ways it makes us seek out stuff that is self-affirming without challenging our biases (e.g., most conservatives watch Fox News and most liberals watch MSNBC). However, in a lot of ways it has opened up opportunities for lots of more things to consume as far as media goes.
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    Funny how vinyl has made a comeback. Pretty cool actually. A lot of good music never made it to CD. then again, I guess we are way beyond CD's as well.
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    Do I trust it to what? Not take over the Internet?
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    I have tried and tried to read books on my tablet and just dont enjoy it. Something about having a book in my hand or being able to focus on it better...i dont know if i could ever read as much as i do if that option werent there.

    Handwriting..oh my! I just got a contract with a resort that caters to the extremely wealthy. One of the hiring qualifications...handwriting analysis. I was top of any Creative writing class years ago, used to write all the time but now its all buttons on my computer or tablet. After writing and rewriting and rewriting I simply sent the best i had. Thankfully it came back with great results but my heart knew that it looked like 5th grade cursive. Simply put, i cant write very well anymore and computers are to blame.
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    Personal responsibility is going fast. The moocher class has no idea what it even is.
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    Get an E-ink device. The display of a Kindle Paperwhite is nothing like an iPad.

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    To them it means we are personally responsible for all their needs.
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    Totally agree. Sounds like an interesting paper. That is the tradeoff I've thought about as well. I am so glad that we have much more personalized content. But the risk of confirmation bias is certainly frightening given the current structure of our government.
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    11. Marriage. Young men don't marry anymore. Women either. Porno replaces women (see japan).

    12. Children. Too expensive. Too time consuming. Replaced by dogs.

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    I'd get rid of the penny, nickle, and paper dollar.

    Haven't had a landline in years. Same with the fax. Have switched almost exclusively to the Kindle for books.

    I think the TV prediction is wrong. We watch TV just as much as before and now have the ability to stream from mobile devices, watch streaming content on YouTube and Netflix, and video games are as popular as ever. If anything I think you'll see more adaptations for using TVs as a computer display.

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