4 Activities That May Soon Become Obsolete
In this ever-changing world, tasks that were common only a few years ago have become completely unnecessary now. Things are here and gone before you know it! Even stranger is the fact that, at the time, most people figured they’d be doing those activities forever. You may not think about it, but even some activities today could become obsolete very soon. Here are four of them.
Ordering from a Waiter or Cashier at a Restaurant
You’re definitely familiar with the ordering process at any restaurant. If it’s a sit-down restaurant, you’ll sit down, and then a waiter will come and take your order. If you’ve opted for fast food, you’ll go to the cashier and order. However, that’s all changing.
McDonald’s has introduced self-operated kiosks where you can order your own food and wait for it to be ready. It’s only a matter of time before sit-down restaurants start utilizing that technology as well.
Driving a Vehicle
Most people drive every day. But thanks to self-driving technology, that’s slowly changing. Driving requires skill and, more importantly, attention. But with a self-driving car, you don’t need either! Although the technology is expensive, self-driving cars are already on the streets.
As more companies begin to invest in self-driving technology, and the ideas become more mainstream, you could start to see self-driving cars on your everyday commute. In reality, it’s just a matter of time before self-driving cars outnumber regular ones.
Translators play an important part in life. Whether helping people access services, brokering business deals, or allowing more people to enjoy something fun, a translator is an important component of many interactions.
Right now, computers just aren’t competent enough to translate speech perfectly. So, when a computer translates something, the result is sometimes less than fluent. Translators help smooth that over, making sure the translation sounds just like a native speaker.
As technology advances, you may start to see computer translations become more and more accurate. Mobile apps have already been created that automatically recognize speech and translate it seamlessly, making foreign environments much friendlier.
Using a Credit Card
Only decades ago, credit cards themselves were a ridiculous thought. What could replace cash? Now, people rarely pay with cash; credit and debit cards are king. However, it might not be that way forever. More and more, mobile payment options are becoming widely accepted.
Part of the reason that mobile payment apps are sweeping the world is because they’re so versatile. Some phones allow you to tap a sensor at checkout to pay straight from your bank account. Numerous apps allow you to send money to friends, family, and businesses, with just a tap on the screen.
Paying for things and sending money in this manner is much more convenient than using your credit card, and it’s certainly more convenient than using cash. While credit cards are currently a big thing, it hasn’t always been that way, and it probably won’t continue to be.
It can be weird to think that some of these everyday things might not even exist in 20 years, or even five years for that matter! Many people push back on the concept of having to grow and change, especially when these things are the current norm. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Things that you probably used 10 years ago have been adapted to the modern era, and in most cases, that’s a great thing.
Take phonebooks, for example. They used to be big, bulky, and difficult to page through. Once you got to the person you were trying to find, there was only very limited information, rarely even enough to verify that you had the right person.
Now, you can just use PeopleFinders, an online people search that allows you to use just a few pieces of information to find out almost anything. You can even perform a reverse phone lookup, which allows you to input someone’s phone number and find out his or her real identity. If you run out of ways to use it, the PeopleFinders blog will quickly point you in a new direction.
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