5 Things Replaced by Modern Technology
Society has experienced a number of gains and losses with the advancement of technology over the decades. Jobs that were once held by blue collar workers and even skilled artisans are slowly become autotomized as we strive closer and closer to become a more efficient, “green” and instantaneous world. Although we are quite a few steps away from the world that is depicted in The Jetsons, we have come a long way from silent films, polaroid cameras and clunky cell phones.
One of the biggest fears that come along with modern technology is the notion that humans and their talents will some day become obsolete. With that fear set aside, however, there is a huge number of advantages and conveniences that we have experienced as the world turns to a more advanced tech society. We live in an extremely connected world, and the advancements that were considered groundbreaking ten years ago are already being surpassed by faster and more advanced technologies. It makes you wonder what is next on modern technology’s chopping block. Here is a closer look at some every day items that we use that have become modernized or replaced by technological advancements.
- The Polaroid Camera
Boy, has the world of photography grown and changed! Although the polaroid was a far step up from the days of hiding behind a cloth and pulling a trigger where a puff of smoke burst out to capture an image that would take several days to develop, the polaroid camera is now close to obsolete. In fact, they stopped producing polaroid film back in 2008 after digital cameras stepped up to their rightful place in the digital world. The one advantage that the polaroid camera had was its ability to instantly print a photo after it was taken. It would slide out of the mouth of the camera, and with a few shakes and couple of minutes a slightly faded image would then emerge between a white plastic frame.
Today, the act of capturing a quick photo is easier than it has ever been. Most, if not all, smartphones and mobile devices come with a built in camera. Some of these cameras even produce the quality of the most expensive digital cameras. With new social media applications like Instagram emerging, the ability to become a last minute photographer is as easy as a click of a button and the swipe of a filter.
- The Typewriter
Click, click, click. Roll. Snap. Click, click, click. The typewriter opened up new doors for people who wanted to print their writing. Several years and a couple of wires and microchips later, the modern day computer emerged. At that point people could type with ease without resetting the paper roll and could see what they were typing on a screen. The biggest plus? That would be the delete button! Before the computer, mistakes caused the writer to either crumple up their paper and start all over or white out their errors and retyping once the paint was dry. The computer gave writers and the ability instantly erase their mistakes and keep on writing. Talk about convenience and efficiency.
Today we have lightweight travel-size computers that allow us the ability to write whatever, wherever and whenever we want. We’ve even gone as far as portable and wireless keyboards. Not to mention the ability to store your work and come back to it later instantly. Typewriters and clunky writing machines are long gone with mini portable devices and the ability to write from the comfort of where you choose.
- The VHS
This is probably one of the most evolved commodities in the technology industry. When DVDs entered the spectrum in the late 1990s, the VHS began to lose its competitive edge. So much so that VHS players have stopped productions. They have increasingly become something of the ancient past. The DVD has the ability to store more data with more portability and easier recording and rerecording mechanisms. Then a new hot commodity that has made both of these forms of technology obsolete is the service of online video streaming. Services like Youtube and Netflix have changed the game and official made the VHS and DVD completely obsolete. The internet made sharing and watching videos easy and in a sense more affordable. Since the emergence of online streaming services, video stores around the world have began to shut their doors.
- The Telegram
The telegram proved to be something that would change the game on exchanging messages. People could then begin to send and receive messages to other people without waiting days, weeks, months and sometimes years. While the traditional form of message exchange had evolved from its origins of horse and buggy or carrier pigeon, there was still a lot of room for improvement when it came to Benjamin Franklins coined invention. Enter the world of email messaging. Now people from all corners of the globe can send and receive messages wirelessly and electronically with the click of a mouse. Thanks to the entrance of the internet, the ability to exchange information has become more reliable and much easier. With the rise of social media platforms, email is now finding itself sitting on the back burner. There are more and more possibilities for exchanging information and messages now than ever before.
- The map
For centuries the paper map has led people from all walks of life to new territories and discoveries. That has vastly changed in the recent century. The map was soon replaced with a digital map. Then the GPS location technology allowed people to receive direction through technology that proved to be easier and more efficient than pulling out a map the size of a coffee table. Now we can even access these GPS systems through our mobile phones.
We have seen an enormous push for autonomy and instant gratification with the turn of the century. As our society continues to grow and advance, technology is going to continue to find ways to make the things that were once luxuries seem archaic. Modern technology has provided us with the ability to utilize several different resources with one simple and small hand held machine. Only time will tell as to what will continue to be replaced with new technology.