95% of everything that was ever invented was invented in the last 5 years. The pace of technological progress is such that products that we thought we could never live without are already obsolete or will be in the next ten years.
In no particular order here are ten things I thought I would never do without, but already or soon will not miss at all.
1) My BlackBerry – replaced with my Droid phone.
2) My laptop – replaced with my Droid phone. I get on the Internet, telnet into the server back at the office, schedule movies on my DirecTV at home, and watch my favorite TV shows.
3) Keys – I do not need keys to get into my home – I have an electronic keypad. Cars will soon all be keyless. In less than ten years I will wave my Droid phone at my home or car door and poof – I’ll be in.
4) Coins – It’s amazing that they lasted this long – presently I pay for almost everything with my debit card and in less than ten years I will wave my Droid phone at the supermarket checkout counter.
5) Fax Machines – stopped using years ago – I scan and email everything. My son recently signed mortgage papers by email.
6) Wallets – In ten years I will beam my driver’s license at the cop’s Droid phone and he’ll get all my info, car registration, insurance, along with my photo on his Droid phone.
7) DVDs – I order movies on demand with Netflix.
8) iPod – already obsolete – I can upload all the music I want onto my Droid.
9) The iPhone will be made practically obsolete by the Droid: the Droid’s available on many carriers, all screen sizes, and from many different manufacturers. Who needs to be tied down to one or two carriers and one manufacturer and one screen size? Apple computer never got more than a small market share because they controlled too much. The iPhone will go the way of the Mac, only used by a small segment of the market.
10) FM radio – I use Pandora (need I say on my Droid?) and program my listening the way I want.
Of course there are a thousand more things we use today that will disappear by 2020.