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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:41 pm 
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1. Blockbuster Video- Ten years ago, thousands of Blockbuster Video stores occupied buildings like this all over the country, renting DVDs and selling popcorn. Today, all but a handful are closed. The company’s shares once traded for nearly $30. Now Blockbuster is gone, scooped up (and then erased)

2. Keys. At the office- most of us already use a card with a chip embedded to get access. But for getting into your house (and your car), the technology that will kill off the key is your smart phone. Connecting either via Bluetooth or the Internet, your mobile device will be programmed to lock and unlock doors at home, at the office and elsewhere. The secure software can be used on any mobile device. So if your phone runs out of juice, you’ll be able to borrow someone else’s device and log in with a fingerprint or facial scan. Phone stolen? Simply log in and change the digital keys.

3. Blackouts- Frustrating power outages that leave people with fridges full of ruined food are on their way out as our electrical grid becomes increasingly intelligent – and resilient.
Two factors are at work: slow, incremental “smart grid” improvements to the system that delivers electricity, and the rapidly expanding use of solar energy in homes and business.

4. Fast food workers- Burger-flippers have targets on their backs as fast-food executives are eager to replace them with machines, particularly as minimum wages in a variety of states are set to rise to $15.
Diners will notice reduced staffing up front as outlets such as Panera (PNRA) turn to touch-screen kiosks for order placing. Behind the scenes in the kitchen, industry giants like Middleby Corp. (MIDD) and boutique startups like San Francisco's Momentum Machines are all hard at work for devices that will take on tasks like loading and unloading dishwashers, flipping burgers and cooking fries.

5. The clutch petal- Every year it seems that an additional car model loses the manual transmission option. Even the Ford F-150 pickup truck can’t be purchased with a stick anymore.

6. By the end of this decade, digital formats for tablets and e-readers will displace physical books for assigned reading on college campuses, The Kiplinger Letter is forecasting. K–12 schools won’t be far behind, though they’ll mostly stick with larger computers as their platform of choice

7. Dial-up Internet. If you want to hear the once-familiar beeps and whirs of a computer going online through a modem, you will soon need to do that either in a museum or in some very, very remote location.

8. The plow. Few things are as symbolic of farming as the moldboard plow, but the truth is, the practice of “turning the soil” is dying off. Modern farmers have little use for it. It provides a deep tillage that turns up too much soil, encouraging erosion because the plow leaves no plant material on the surface to stop wind and rain water from carrying the soil away. It also requires a huge amount of diesel fuel to plow, compared with other tillage methods, cutting into farmers' profits. The final straw: It releases more carbon dioxide into the air than other tillage method.

9. Your Neighborhood Mail Collection Box. The amount of mail people are sending is plummeting, down 57% from 2004 to 2015 for stamped first-class pieces. So, around the country, the U.S. Postal Service has been cutting back on those iconic blue collection boxes. The number has fallen by more than half since the mid 1980s.

10. Your privacy. If you are online, you had better assume that you already have no privacy and act accordingly. Every mouse click and keystroke is tracked, logged and potentially analyzed and eventually used by Web site product managers, marketers, hackers and others. To use most services, users have to opt-in to lengthy terms and conditions. And think of this: Most of us already carry around an always-on tracking device for which we usually pay good money — a smart phone. Your phone is loaded up with sensors and GPS data. Is it linked to a FitBit perhaps? Now it has your health data. One reason not to fret: Encryption methods are getting better at walling off at least some aspects of our digital lives. But living the reclusive life of J.D. Salinger might soon become real fiction.

11. The Incandescent Lightbulb - No, government energy cops are not coming for your bulbs. But the traditional incandescent lightbulb that traces its roots back to Thomas Edison is definitely on its way out. As of January 1, 2014, the manufacture and importation of 40- to 100-watt incandescent bulbs became illegal in the U.S., part of a much broader effort to get Americans to use less electricity.


https://www.kiplinger.com/fronts/archive/slideshow/

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:39 pm 
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12. Humanity

13. Respectful kids

14. Teachers who care

15. Responsibility

Oh wait. Those are already gone.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:59 pm 
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VERY well said, phroggy!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:06 am 
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What I was going to post would turn this into a giant political debate. I will not do that.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:17 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:27 am 
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phroggy wrote:
14. Teachers who care
Oh wait. Those are already gone.



Have to respectfully disagree Phroggy...There are A LOT of amazing teachers out there in our country who care very much and work very hard :icon_smile:

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:02 pm 
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I don't disagree with your statement, Emmy. The problem is though that I've yet to meet one.

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