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Recently I realized that our kids will never experience something called "bill paying." While they will certainly exchange their money for services, it will all happen by electronic funds transfer or some version of it. And your kids' kids won't know the word "checkbook."

You grandkids probably won't deal with the concept of a home phone number, since all numbers will go directly to individuals. And the fax machine has one foot in the grave, as most new printers allow you to scan to e-mail.

I'm hoping that "booting a computer" soon goes away. Someday it will seem funny that we had to wait minutes to fire up the old Personal Computer, which is another phrase that is already mostly dead. Now we just have computers. The personal part fell away.

Perhaps the word "television" will be gone soon too. You'll have a monitor that can access all forms of entertainment from the Internet, and network TV shows will be a small part of that. Television already sounds old timey.

Computer backup will cease being a spoken concept, except by engineers, as soon as all computers do it automatically over the Internet and on the fly. That's probably coming.

"Online" is a word that will fade away, once that becomes the only way anything gets done. It already sounds ridiculous to say you booked your airline tickets online, since that is generally understood.

What other concepts are going away?
 
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Aug 28, 2009
Oh yes - mugging someone for cash will disappear as a concept. It will be replaced by e-mugging or simply mugging just as it is simply "mail"now rather than "email".

 
 
Aug 28, 2009
I think musical instruments like guitars, violin etc. wil disappear. In fact, even live electronic instruments will disappear, because it will always be possible to electronically write and play some sort of music that sounds better as compared to what can be played.

Also, even music to a large extent will be composed electronically. Computer programs will lay out chord progressions, melodies, harmonies and rhythms much better than the greatest musical geniuses can even imagine.

Computers will be able to find common patterns in most forms of art and entertainment and all of these including humour and cartoons will be computer generated. At the same time people will have computer peripheral devices connected to their brains like memory sticks, storage devices and various plugins and in effect will be much smarter, so will not appreciate humour anymore as the element of surprise is lost forever.

Generation after generation of caesarian births will make head sizes larger and soon normal births will not be possible. The need for sexual intercourse will be eliminated as some computer generated sex plugin programme will simulate sex for the user's benefit. Therefore, babies will be borne through artifical insemination and many will be cloned.
 
 
Aug 28, 2009
"tkwelge" Dance Monkey Dance...
 
 
Aug 28, 2009
Supermarkets have (in the UK) inadvertantly signed their own death warrants. It might not be the next generation that doesnt have them but they may well accudently kill them... More and more shopping is done online, Esp that big weekly shop from ASDA (/ Wallmart) soon the only things you will need to shop for will be "forgetten items" like Milk at the end of the week... Less people actually going to the supermarket... makes those big buildings less vivable and national distribution centres more logical. Oddly that means a resurgance of the corner shop... Something that has almost died in the UK...

 
 
Aug 28, 2009
Supermarkets have (in the UK) inadvertantly signed their own death warrants. It might not be the next generation that doesnt have them but they may well accudently kill them... More and more shopping is done online, Esp that big weekly shop from ASDA (/ Wallmart) soon the only things you will need to shop for will be "forgetten items" like Milk at the end of the week... Less people actually going to the supermarket... makes those big buildings less vivable and national distribution centres more logical. Oddly that means a resurgance of the corner shop... Something that has almost died in the UK...

 
 
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Aug 27, 2009
The guy who wrote the book was a NYC school teacher (one time teacher of the year). I'm pretty sure he was in constant contact with young people. It's free on the net, give it a whirl. While many of us did indeed read Twain at early ages, I doubt many of us read Thoreau and Emerson by Grade 5.

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Teachers can't possibly have the relationship with their students on an individual basis that I'm talking about. Awards like "Teacher of the Year' like most awards, mean absolutely !$%*! to me.
 
 
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Aug 27, 2009
Juve: The point is that we don't often notice that there is an issue until we're quite a long way along. Friends of mine have small children; their 6 year old can hardly read, and their 12 year old doesn't know his multiplication table. The school system seems incapable of teaching them, and their parents can't seem to get through to them. I've tried tutoring them (I've had great success in the past with poor students) but they don't get reinforced when they're back at school. Their day consists of colouring in the balloons they're using for multiplication demonstration and similar "efforts", and I'm sorry to say, I'm 100% serious.

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If their kids don't know their multiplication tables by the age of 12, that is the parents fault. Either that, or they have some sort of learning disability. Not being able to read at 6 is not that unusual, but I knew my multiplication tables in 3rd grade. Standard curriculum. Even if it wasn't, my dad would have shat himself if I didn't know them. It's not the school's job to raise your child. In many states, you can take your kid to any school you desire. Even within the public school system you can take your child out of an under performing school and take them to a better one, and the school receives their funding on a per student basis. If you can't, lobby your congressman. OR RAISE YOUR OWN KID!

"Colouring?" You must be English!
 
 
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Aug 27, 2009
The guy who wrote the book was a NYC school teacher (one time teacher of the year). I'm pretty sure he was in constant contact with young people. It's free on the net, give it a whirl. While many of us did indeed read Twain at early ages, I doubt many of us read Thoreau and Emerson by Grade 5.
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And truly a Utopia it was! That great world of 1880. You sure proved me wrong!
 
 
Aug 27, 2009
The guy who wrote the book was a NYC school teacher (one time teacher of the year). I'm pretty sure he was in constant contact with young people. It's free on the net, give it a whirl. While many of us did indeed read Twain at early ages, I doubt many of us read Thoreau and Emerson by Grade 5.

tkwelge: "Put down your copy of USA today and actually talk to young people! Actually form relationships with them! I swear to god, the older generation lives in a freakin cocoon. "

Juve: How old do you think I am? I'm only 30, I'm friends with plenty of "young" people (i.e. younger than me). As you age, you might have similar ideas about the younger generation living in a cocoon.

tkwelge: "If the things that we need to keep are that important, WE'LL KEEP THEM! WOW!"

Juve: The point is that we don't often notice that there is an issue until we're quite a long way along. Friends of mine have small children; their 6 year old can hardly read, and their 12 year old doesn't know his multiplication table. The school system seems incapable of teaching them, and their parents can't seem to get through to them. I've tried tutoring them (I've had great success in the past with poor students) but they don't get reinforced when they're back at school. Their day consists of colouring in the balloons they're using for multiplication demonstration and similar "efforts", and I'm sorry to say, I'm 100% serious.
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Johnestauffer: "Can they carry on a real conversation with a real person?"

tkwelge: "YES, YES, and double F'ing YES. We can indeed carry on a real conversation with a real person. OH MY GOD!"
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If you can't see anything wrong with that exchange, then we've already gone too far.
 
 
Aug 27, 2009
MMmmmm, thumbs down have become like honey to me!
 
 
Aug 27, 2009
Recently I was talking to a 20-year-old friend about another person, and commented "I'd really like to know what makes him tick". To my surprise, my friend didn't know what that meant! Thinking about this afterwards, though, it became obvious why: Most clocks don't make a ticking sound anymore! In fact, I suspect that most young people these days have never seen mechanical clockwork.
 
 
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Aug 27, 2009
4. Illegal marijuana - whether for or against it, I think it will be legal in some form beyond the medical use. I think there would be no national debt if the government got into taxing the sale of marijuana.

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I don't even think that the total value of all of the marijuana in the world even comes close to a fraction of our national Debt. Even if it was all G-13.
 
 
Aug 27, 2009
mowing the lawn.
 
 
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Aug 27, 2009
We do basic math all of the time. I know a lot 16 year old weed and shroom dealers that don't use calculators. Want to know how many grams are in a pound. Most of my friends do.... lol. Drug users in my area don't use the metric system much, though.....
 
 
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Aug 27, 2009
In 1882, fifth graders read these authors in their Appleton School Reader: William Shakespeare, Henry Thoreau, George Washington, Sir Walter Scott, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Bunyan, Daniel Webster, Samuel Johnson, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and others like them. In 1995, a student teacher of fifth graders in Minneapolis wrote to the local newspaper, "I was told children are not to be expected to spell the following words correctly: back, big, call, came, can, day, did, dog, down, get, good, have, he, home, if, in, is, it, like, little, man, morning, mother, my, night, off, out, over, people, play, ran, said, saw, she, some, soon, their, them, there, time, two, too, up, us, very, water, we, went, where, when, will, would, etc. Is this nuts?"
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Seriously, if, in, is, it, up, us, we? These are two letters long!

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In 1995 I was in the fourth grade, and I could spell all of those words just fine. IT WAS EXPECTED! I read some Twain back then too.
 
 
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Aug 27, 2009
2. Escalators. Is it really going to kill you to walk a few stairs fatty? Theres an elevator for those who arent capable of traversing the stairs, escalators are just for the lazy.
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Look moron. Sometimes an escalator is more efficient than an elevator. It wouldn't be practical or cost effective to fill a mall with elevators in the place of escalators. Also, the invention of the elevator allowed people to build building much taller, and escalators serve the same purpose in more lateral architecture. It would be exhausting to traverse a massive mall running up and down stairs to the various shops with arms full of stuff. WHy don't you walk to work FATTY! What a jackass.

Scott wanted people to post things that would become foreign concepts due to obsolescence or reorganization of resources. He did not want people to mindlessly post things that "get their goat" like half of you have been doing....

"You know what I hate? Escalators! And cheesy fries with too much grease!" Um, I think that you missed the point.....
 
 
Aug 27, 2009
I am one of the 'older' people who remembers many things that have been phased out in my lifetime.
In some cases I am not sure that the benefits of these changes outweighs the losses.
Someone can text anyone, anywhere in the world, but how good are their interpersonnel skills? Can they carry on a real conversation with a real person?j


YES, YES, and double F'ing YES. We can indeed carry on a real conversation with a real person. OH MY GOD!




 
 
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Aug 27, 2009
tkwelge: Certainly, not everyone in their twenties is a moron (or at least no more than everyone was at that age, myself included) however, it does not discount that something is lost when you move on to a new thing. That doesn't mean we should stagnate, but it is important as we rush forward to ensure we don't leave something behind that we should keep.
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If the things that we need to keep are that important, WE'LL KEEP THEM! WOW!
 
 
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Aug 27, 2009
In 1882, fifth graders read these authors in their Appleton School Reader: William Shakespeare, Henry Thoreau, George Washington, Sir Walter Scott, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Bunyan, Daniel Webster, Samuel Johnson, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and others like them. In 1995, a student teacher of fifth graders in Minneapolis wrote to the local newspaper, "I was told children are not to be expected to spell the following words correctly: back, big, call, came, can, day, did, dog, down, get, good, have, he, home, if, in, is, it, like, little, man, morning, mother, my, night, off, out, over, people, play, ran, said, saw, she, some, soon, their, them, there, time, two, too, up, us, very, water, we, went, where, when, will, would, etc. Is this nuts?"
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Seriously, if, in, is, it, up, us, we? These are two letters long!

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These kind of news soundbites get a lot of attention, but COME ON! EVERYBODY that I knew in fifth grade could spell all of those words. Put down your copy of USA today and actually talk to young people! Actually form relationships with them! I swear to god, the older generation lives in a freakin cocoon.
 
 
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Aug 27, 2009
Paper bills? Checks?

ARE YOU FROM THE PAST??
 
 
 
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