Technology has progressed at an exponential rate. The fact that computer processing power doubles every year is a testament on how fast things can change and this happens to other fields like nanotechnology, clinical research, and even our everyday lives. Imagine the simple life we had when Nokia 3310 is all we need. Then comes the touchscreen smartphone technology revolutionized by Apple. And now foldable smartphones are available in the market.
Just like how Blockbuster, operating 9,000 stores and earninn $6 billion annually at its peak, has been made obsolete by the likes of Netflix. Some forms of technology will eventually come to their demise to make way for the new form of advances.
Here are some technologies that will disappear in the coming years:
Digital Cameras and DSLR
They are now one of the tech devices that are likely to perish. With the explosion of smartphones and the demand for keeping the photography capability of this device, digital cameras and DSLR will be out of place in no time. Digital cameras and DSLRs are portable but are just another thing to keep up with. DSLR are bulky and quite heavy, not to mention very sensitive. In addition, there is really no exciting innovations that have been incorporated into these devices, the same way smartphones are being more and more sophisticated. The only people saving these devices are professionals. Even so, these will have to become smaller, lighter, and tougher if they are going to survive.
In order to protect our information and ensure our privacy, an individual needs to provide a compelling password key. But this type of technology will soon be redundant thanks to the efficiency of biometrics technology. Gone are the days where remembering multiple passwords for each and every account you have. Biometrics has steadily become the core of innovation to many technologies available today. Smartphones have immensely incorporated these advances. Biometrics have become so sophisticated that it does not heavily rely on fingerprints anymore, retina and facial recognition are also being used.
Looking into the horizon, the automated teller machine will no longer be of frequent use, if not totally not gone for good. Online banking has paved the way for people to do financial transactions without even leaving the comfort of their house or stepping inside a bank. In the US alone, around 61% of internet users do their financial means through online banking.
You can easily transfer money to people via your smartwatch, phone, and through apps like Facebook Pay, Venmo, and PayPal.
Cable TV has become a staple in many American homes. Not only does it keep you updated with current events from international news, but it also entertains you through a number of channels that have a variety of shows. But with the influx of streaming services in the entertainment market, cable TV has been forecast to close down its business by 2030…if it’s lucky enough to survive that long.
Cable TV, unlike streaming services, is expensive and not very flexible. Cable providers are working on letting you customize your package a bit, however. Streaming services, on the other hand, are more flexible and personal. They also have hundreds if not thousands of entertainment content, both from the past and the present. Examples of streaming services are:
Cord-cutters, people who unsubscribe from cable TV, has risen to 32.8 percent in 2018 alone. This results in a significant loss of customers of the once dominating traditional cable TV.
There was once a time when owning a USB was a must for people, especially for students. But USB is forecast to be gone in a few years due to tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Android, and Apple. Cloud-based storage has been aggressively pushed by several companies. Why not, it allows people to access files and information whenever they like, wherever they are as long as they have their phone or an internet-capable device.
It won’t happen in a few years, but as smartphones increase there storage, USB will slowly die off just like floppy discs did.