goblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1930 times:
I was thinking that one day technology might replace things such as but not limited to
1. books, (paperback and hard copy) including the library, via amazon kindle
2. movies in movie theaters, via new movies being debuted online instead of in the theater
3. rental movies via netflix. This has already started to happen since a number of video stores closed near me.
4. newspapers via online articles. This has already begun especially with the merger with Huffington post and AOL.
5. Playboy via internet porn sites
What do you think? Also, I'm not sure about TV but I don't think anything will change there with technology(except 3d tvs). I find it more convenient to watch shows on TVs, especially with my DVR. What do you think?
Fabo From Slovakia, joined Aug 2005, 1219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1924 times:
Quoting goblin211 (Thread starter): 2. movies in movie theaters, via new movies being debuted online instead of in the theater
There is more to that. Cinemas, even if you count out the money part, are a social place. You could pay to see a movie online, and project it at home via HD projector coupled to surround sound system, but that way.... you cant really take a girl on a date to cinema... You cant treat kids to a visit to the cinema... You cant buy your parent a ticket as to get them out of house...
Quoting goblin211 (Thread starter): Also, I'm not sure about TV but I don't think anything will change there with technology(except 3d tvs). I find it more convenient to watch shows on TVs, especially with my DVR. What do you think?
Depend what you mean by TV. If you mean the hardware, no, that is not going away. As a medium, well, you could move it to the internet, but cable is usually more convenient, couple it with your TiVo, and you have something internet distribution of TV content alone cant really match. I believe the best solution is to have both cable and internet coupled to one big screen TV, and I toyed with setting that up back home, only it would not be much use for me out here in college, and my sister can just hook her notebook up on the rare occasions she needs it.
The light at the end of tunnel turn out to be a lighted sing saying NO EXIT
AirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2376 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1756 times:
Quoting goblin211 (Thread starter): movies in movie theaters, via new movies being debuted online instead of in the theater
I don't think cinemas will ever disappear. Sitting at home in front of your own TV will never replace the social part of watching a movie in a cinema.
Quoting goblin211 (Thread starter): What do you think? Also, I'm not sure about TV but I don't think anything will change there with technology(except 3d tvs). I find it more convenient to watch shows on TVs, especially with my DVR. What do you think?
Perhaps in 10-20 years, virtual TVs will exist. A projector can display a virtual TV in the middle of the room I would imagine. And also in 3D. A bit like in the Star Wars movie.
This means you won't need a physical TV or use space on your wall for a tv.
NoWorries From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1728 times:
What about the workplace -- the traditional office?
I work in the software industry -- a few dozen of us work in a local office, but the bulk of our fellow employees are scattered across the globe in other "local" offices and even individual homes. Technology makes it possible to communicate in a variety of forms: email, internal workflow systems, voice conference, video conference, etc.
There are times though, when it can be quite a challenge holding a meeting when all of the participants aren't in the same room. Sometimes simple facial expressions and gestures (I know what your' thinking, stop that ) say much more than any words. It's especially difficult to "brain storm" an idea when the participants are scattered.
This is already happening. At least the old magazine didn't require a virus protection program. I predict lots of embarrassed kids when dad gets behind the pc and he gets automatically redirected to a porn site.
Some kids are even stupid enough to look up porn sites at school. They tend to forget that I follow them on a central PC and see everything they are doing.
I always follow the same steps when that happens though.
1. Write down the site for future reference!
2. Take over the PC and re-direct the browser to another porn site. If it are guys then go for gay site, if it are girls then go for a lesbian site.
3. Freeze the PC
4. Get up and randomly walk around the classroom while slowly getting closer to them and watch them freak out. (my favourite bit)
5. Notice the site and ask what they have learned from this experience.
6. unfreeze the pc and watch them work their butt off to prevent me from saying anything.
7. Brag to colleagues that I caught another one.
O man I can be evil
(depending on the site they are looking at I do sometimes omit step 2, going from a kinky lingerie site to a porn site is a bit much. I'm evil but not that evil.)
It's moments like that that I love my job. Sadly it only happens once or twice a year. News tend to spread kinda fast that you cannot get away with doing stuff like that in my classroom.
Aesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6539 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1673 times:
Holographic video is far away, and would just not work, I don't want to see my furniture behind the movie ! The TV will eventually disappear as a TV, every roughly flat surface in homes and cars etc. will be able to display video and be touch sensitive. As for a home cinema not taking too much space, you can already do that with a retractable projection screen dropping from the ceiling.
Cars will drive themselves, that's a given.
A lot of things we don't think about will be invented and become so used we won't remember how we lived without them !
New Technology is the name we give to stuff that doesn't work yet. Douglas Adams
Cadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1551 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1577 times:
Quoting Aesma (Reply 6): A lot of things we don't think about will be invented and become so used we won't remember how we lived without them !
Yeah, I mean if you told me ten years ago that I wouldn't be buying physical books anymore; I'd be downloading them onto a device that weighs less then my wallet (it's filled with credit cards that I owe money on...), I would have thought you were nuts. Heck, even if you had told me about the Kindle 5 years ago, I would have laughed at you.