With the speed at which technology is advancing, it is not uncommon to hear about gadgets going obsolete when they’ve barely even hit the market. Computers are becoming smaller, fitting into our pockets and becoming extensions of our being. Yet the world of technology is so rapidly changing, it almost seems unable to keep up with itself. In fact, it might just be a little scary.
Incredibly, some technology, like the USB flash drive, is still surviving, and appears to be in it for the long haul. Perhaps this is because storage needs, while increasing in capacity, essentially still similar from person to person. The requirements of flash drives are still ever present, especially for those who want to ensure safe transferal of information.
Whereas you can hack into someone’s e-mail, you can’t hack into a USB flash drive while it’s being delivered to the receiver. With encryption methods in place, a tiny flash drive is essentially impenetrable. But even these devices are not immune to the threat of obsolescence. As technology improves, cloud storage takes over, and more and more powerful encryption methods are being developed and implemented.
Moreover, the competition between tech companies means that more and more affordable products are being released, with so many more features, that consumers are wasting more money than they save. Other companies are being threatened altogether, as ebook readers, for example, are being incorporated into computer tablets, and such niche markets are forced to dissolve.
There seems to be no end to what is rapidly becoming obsolete. Experts say that items among the lists of technology that will be officially obsolete in the next few years include remote controls, USB flash drives, video game consoles, landline phones, DVD and BluRay players, and passwords. Meanwhile, the technologies that are on the rise include biometric scanners, artificial intelligence, drone technology, and cybertronics.
Many of these new technologies are revolutionizing the world, enabling better security and safety, and improving healthcare. Despite the disappearance of many beloved technologies, the fact in the matter is that it is paving the way for useful and life changing gadgets. Thanks to these rapid advancements, for example, prosthetic limbs are now fully functional. These items wouldn’t exist if not for the now extinct tech of recent years.
While advancements in technology have led to advancements in every other area of our human existence, it shouldn’t be forgotten where it all began. Moreover, the rapid rate of enhancement the tech world is seeing shouldn’t get ahead of itself. As long as technology is being put to positive use, obsolescence is a small price to pay.