10 Everyday Technologies That Will Be Extinct In 10 Years

10 Everyday Technologies That Will Be Obsolete in 10 Years 10 SMARTPHONES In 2017 imagining a world without smartphones is pretty much impossible

Even the thought of a dead phone battery sends shivers down the spine But according to a new survey by Ericsson, smartphones as we know them will be dead in five years time The Swedish telecommunications network questioned 100,000 people across 40 countries about the future of smartphones, and many believed mobile technology will be replaced by artificial intelligence by 2021 Right now, we use the phones to make calls, send messages and browse the web That's still going to be the case in the future but the real innovation is going to come from what the device will look like

Eriksson believe the AI will ""enable interaction with objects without the need for a smartphone screen"" But technology reporter Matt Weinberger argues the smartphone is more likely to morph into a pair of smart glasses, or even something connected directly to your brain With AI assistants already in our lives, such as Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant, the move towards AI is underway and its future potential may well contribute to the extinction of smartphones 9 GLASSES & LENSES Those of you who wear glasses or struggle with fiddly contacts can rejoice because your eyesight might be about to get a huge bionic boost

Ocumetics Technology Corporation is currently running clinical trials in Canada for their Bionic Lens – a medical device that has the potential to render glasses and contact lenses obsolete The Bionic Lens even promises to enhance eyesight to a level that's three times better than 20/20 – the universal standard for normal vision These aren't lenses you pop in and out for daily use, though – the lens is inserted into the eye via a painless procedure that takes less than 10 minutes And they’ll last a lifetime But how do they work? Well, the lens incorporates a patented miniature optics system that works in a similar way to a tiny digital camera Powered by the body, it can shift focus from close range objects to objects any distance away faster than the human eye is able to

If all goes to plan these superhuman lenses could be on the market within 2 years 8 USB STICKS In times gone by, flash drives used to be the only way to save your favorite songs, homework, and holiday pics But times are changing and the market for USBs is drying up To be honest we’re not even sure they’ll be around in 2020, let alone 2027

According to Ericsson’s mobility report, in three years time 70 percent of the world will be using a smartphone On these smartphones, we have the ability to access pretty much everything that could be stored on a USB Cloud services like Apple and Dropbox make it easily possible to store files online, so there’ll be little need for storage devices taking up room in your pocket Not to mention the increase in standard storage for mobile devices in the next five years And what about when we no longer have mobiles? Well our documents will probably still be stored in some sort of cloud and definitely not on a fiddly USB

7 DIGITAL CAMERAS Just to be clear, we aren’t saying all digital cameras are going to become obsolete in the next 10 years: just your sub-$200 point-and-shoot low-end cameras The ones you used to take on holiday before they were replaced by the iPhone That’s right, we have Apple to thank for this one The 2010 release of the iPhone 4 and its 5 megapixel camera forced the mobile industry to step up camera quality

Of course, there are still a few people out there who prefer the optical zoom or battery life of a low-end digital camera But considering how fast mobile cameras are progressing, it won't be long before they make the switch In the next 5 years, camera companies such as Nikon, Canon and Sony will probably do away with their low-end camera lines, and instead shift their focus to the mid-and high-end market, with the low-end market will have been taken over by smartphones 6 DVD/BLU RAY PLAYERS Whether you’re watching the latest Marvel movie with a bunch of friends or a rom-com with your significant other, you’re most likely streaming it online

Ten years ago Blu-ray players were the cream of the crop when it came to watching movies, but since 2013 there’s been a stark decline in the number of physical DVDs and Blu-rays being sold That’s pretty much down to streaming services such as Netflix, that have undeniably helped the demise of Blu-rays and DVDs over the years Besides, why would you fork out between $10-20 for a single Blu-ray disc when you can have as many high-definition movies you want for $899 a month? As the ease of use, accessibility and quality of Netflix continues to increase as it rolls out 4K streaming, your Blu-ray and DVD players are no doubt going to become a nice collectible right next to your VCR 5

CORDS AND CHARGERS In the past ten years with the help of technologies such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, we have been able to say goodbye to a whole host of cords These days we have the ability to print a document wirelessly or play a song without plugging a phone into a speaker But, there is one wire we haven't been able to get rid of: chargers That is, until now Welcome to the era of wireless charging, which will undoubtedly lead to the extinction of phone chargers

For those of you planning to buy an iPhone X, you’ll have the choice of charging it with a lead or wirelessly via the boost up charging pad Surely the next iPhone will get rid of the charger lead altogether and just use the pad But this is just the beginning, researchers have begun experimenting with technologies that can wirelessly charge a device from anywhere, even right in your back pocket So, in the next decade it seems all of those messy tangled wires will be an annoyance of the past 4

REMOTE CONTROLS A study once found that TV viewers spend two weeks looking for a lost remote control during their lifetime But not anymore! You can say goodbye to angrily tossing the cushions off your couch in the air looking for your lost tech, and hello to an extra two weeks of your life watching TV Besides, who needs a remote control when you can simply command Alexa to put on the latest season of Stranger Things for you With so many new devices connected to the Internet by 2020, building separate hardware for a remote control will just no longer make any sense So, whether you use a set-top box like the Apple TV or a smart home intelligent personal assistant like Alexa to control your gadgets, you’ll likely be able to search for shows, change the channel, or rewind your movie with voice commands

3 CREDIT CARDS We all know that cash is dying In fact, according to Bloomberg, over 80% of consumer spending in the US is now cashless

But these days, credit cards are dying out too That’s in part thanks to services like PayPal and Apple Pay completing those cashless transactions for us Of course, to use them, you’ll still need your card details, but you won’t need to be carrying around the physical cards anymore So, could it the beginning of the end for credit cards? Most likely Besides, paying for things with wearable technology, as opposed to thin slabs of plastic, is far more convenient

But perhaps even more importantly, these technologies have the potential to actually cut down on fraud That’s because your pocket super-computer has the ability to use biometric data, ie fingerprints to prove that you, and only you, are indeed buying that 6 pack of Bud and 24 sleeves of Oreos If it is indeed the end of physical credit cards, you’ll probably no longer need your wallet either

2 GAMES CONSOLES It might be hard to imagine a world without gaming consoles such as the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 But if companies such as NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing technologies, have anything to do with it, console-free, cloud-based gaming will take over in the coming years Consider, for example, NVIDIA's GeForce Now game-streaming service It works a little like Netflix, by allowing gamers to instantly stream more than 100 AAA games instantly at 60 frames per second and 1080 resolution, all with ultra-low latency and without requiring updates or downloads

This basically means that NVIDIA can introduce the latest gaming technology on your PC as soon as it's available rather than requiring consumers to go out and purchase new hardware Still, there’s a ray of hope for consoles: with the increased demand for high-quality 4K and virtual reality content and games, dedicated systems have the best chance of delivering to the masses ahead of other devices That's if they don't get replaced by VR headsets 1 CARS Cars as we know them now will be completely different in 10 years time

Allegedly by 2025, there will be no new petrol or diesel cars sold anywhere in the world Instead all cars on the market will be electric But this is just the first step, cars will also soon be driverless Led by Tesla, autonomous driving has already gone from sci-fi dream to reality And some argue that it’ll be so widespread by 2026 that more highway kilometers will be driven by computers than by humans

Beyond this, in 20 years time, experts predict that no one will own a car anymore Self-driving cars paired with transportation networks such as Uber are pretty much set to kill the need to own your own vehicle That means, driver’s licenses will become obsolete and driving schools will disappear as a consequence thereof Plus gas stations and auto shops will no longer be necessary It’s not all bad news though

Using electric ride-shares could save you in region of $5,600 per year, compared to purchasing and maintaining a traditional vehicle And driverless cars are apparently a lot safer, reducing traffic fatalities by up to 90% So that’s 10 Everyday Technologies That Will Be Extinct In 10 Years, which of these do you think will go extinct first? Let us know in the comments! If you enjoyed this video, why not check out 10 Ways Humans Will Evolve in the Future

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