The Internet has brought about many new inventions that have quickly become the norm – social media, email, online banking and shopping, to name just a few. All these helpful developments have taken the place of how we used to do things. In fact, the Internet is so convenient that it is actually making a number of things obsolete.
Here are a few things that are hotly tipped to completely disappear within the next few years.
Many of us no longer carry cash because it’s so easy to pay by card. However, card payments may soon be a thing of the past too with their embedded technology simply moving into other things, for example, Apple Pay on your phone. This concept is already coming to other devices and soon it won’t be limited to just your phone – any mobile device will theoretically be able to pay for something, even your car!
Hardly an old invention on its way out, passwords are a relatively modern phenomenon that could soon also be redundant.
Although hackers have made us more security conscious, the average person has 19 different passwords and the majority of us admit to using unsafe and weak combinations. Given that even the strongest of passwords can be cracked, they clearly aren’t a future-proof security measure. Instead, biometrics will become mainstream and your fingerprints; voice and facial recognition will be the only way to access your details.
How often do you temporarily lose the TV remote control? Don’t worry, because this won’t be a problem for much longer. Research firm Strategy Analytics has predicted that by the year 2020, smart devices will number in the billions. With so many new devices connected to the Internet, it will mean that TVs and their like will function through voice recognition rather than through remote controls.
It’s good news for the environment because thanks to the net, paper is almost guaranteed to disappear. With almost everything done online there will be no need to print, fax or scan and all signatures will become electronic. Keep an eye out for cloud agreements, which be regularly coming your way soon. This concept securely connects people’s identities and many businesses are already adopting it because it increases efficiency, reduces costs and offers a better end-user experience.
Just 10 years ago, navigating from A to B meant a map was needed. Now, satellite navigation systems are the norm in all transport and GPS on our mobiles can direct us. This tech will be ubiquitous and maps will fast become antiques.
The Internet has hit the print industry hard and many publications have already been forced to shut down as a result. In the past five years alone, dozens of newspapers and magazines have gone, as people choose to read content online.
A paperless future will have the same knock-on effect for other printed materials: online calendars means diaries are becoming extinct; email is ruining the stationery industry; travel timetables are no longer needed with the information available at the click of a button. Photo albums, travel brochures and countless other physical products will be no more very soon, all thanks to the wonderful Internet