Most people probably have not thought about it much, but we are closer to 2020 than we are to 2010. With our never ending strive for newer technology and improvement we are constantly pushing our limits on technology and everyday life. However, with this constant push we are also leaving many once cherished ideas, technologies and creatures in the past forever.
Facebook is a social network in a highly competitive and ever-expanding technological world. Although they will not be completely gone, due to its current revenues and purchases made now; it’s name will not have as much power as it did five years ago. Proof of this decline can be seen in it’s decreasing stock value.
We are in a huge chocolate deficit, one that we may not be able to be stopped. Mars Inc, the creator of M&Ms and other beloved treats claims that the cocoa farmers are having difficulty keeping up with the world consumption. This factor, as well as weather destroying many cocoa plant crops, will lead to increased pricing for Chocolate products and possibly the disappearance of chocolate.
3. Checkbooks/PIN numbers/card readers
Technology has made it so almost anything can be done online; including shopping, paying bills and checking your bank account. With everything online, it seems logical that simplifying paying for everyday stuff would also go in that direction. This idea seems innovated and convenient, however, it could open many doors for online theft.
4. Northern White Rhinos
The Northern White Rhino is one of the most endangered animals on the planet with less than five left, all of which are under supervision and in captivity. This dramatic decline in population is due to decades of poaching for the ivory in their horns. Some alternative methods have been introduced to try and flood this illegal marketplace with undetectable fakes, however the total destruction of this creature seems imminent.
There is a shortage on one of America’s favorite alcoholic drinks, Whiskey. This shortage is strange because it was an unpredictable problem; it wasn’t a severe drought that destroyed a crop or anything of that nature, but, an increase in sales. The problem behind this increase is, the distilling process to make the decent whiskey takes a long time. Since no one predicted this unexpected interest, no one stocked up years ago to meet demand for it.
6. Compact Disks (CDs)
Like Vinyl records were replaced by compact cassettes, and compact cassettes were eventually replaced by CDs; CDs too, will one day become obsolete. Especially with the increase in downloadable music and Mp3 players, and sooner than expected.