We get the AARP magazine and I think I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy it. Recently Jillian has posted some great pictures of phone booths and we’ve blogged some nostalgia like clotheslines. So when I saw the AARP article on what futurists predict will be bygone items in the next 50 years I just had to share. Though I have to say some of them are popping up at the fair museum already.
• Home phones – we still have them but our daughter stopped her land-line last week. I bravely took the long distance option off mine. Rotaries? I’m not sure anyone has those anymore.
• Gasoline pumps – Their predicting that if we go to service stations it will be to plug in for a battery recharge. Ummm not sure about this one. At least in the next 50 years. I’m betting we’ll still have some gas guzzlers out there.
• Toilet Paper – I had to chuckle on this one. They are predicting that toilet seat bidets will wash and dry at the touch of a button (almost wrote bottom ☺). Laughing aside we were at a Street of Dreams open house a few years back and they had a toilet that could do that. There was bottleneck of people in that room scoping it out.
• Drivers – Yep robot cars. They have them and they are getting near perfect record on thousands of miles of California highway’s. Nevada is slated to be the first state to issue permits for self-driving autos.
• Cursive – I couldn’t believe this one and I should. The grandkids tried to tell me that they didn’t need to know how to write cursive. Yeah like that wasn’t going to get them out of learning. Now I have to back up because four states have officially dropped handwriting as an educational requirement.
This is just a few of the list that included, Answering machines, Tube TV’s, Phone books, Bank deposit slips, Rolodexes (bet not many kids would know what these are), Printed Encyclopedias (I think they may have already bit the dust), film (it’s been history for me for quite awhile), Analog clocks, and Desktop computers.
As I looked at the list I realized that some of these things didn’t stick around all that long. Like “Here today – Gone tomorrow”.