After listening to Leo Laporte's "The Tech Guy - episode 360" podcast today. I decided to try and answer the question:

What technologies we use today, or not long ago, that we may not have tomorrow?

  • Record player Remember the phonograph, or gramophone? It is also commonly know as "record player" or "turntable". It was the common device used to play recorded sounds during the 1870s to 1980s.
  • Photocopier The photocopier was the must have equipment in an office during the 1980s. Now this has mostly been replaced by digital and analog scanners.
  • VHS Cassette Tape It took almost two decade for the VHS cassette tape to come out as the winner in the video cassette storage medium war in the 1980s. It won over the arguably superior technology by Sony, Betamax.
  • Rotary Telephone The Rotary Dial Telephone was invented by Almon Strowger in 1888 and began to phase out in most major countries by the 1970s.
  • Traditional Paper Photo Album Although the traditionalist still swear by the need of a classical photo album, this is becoming a less and less desired form of presenting photos to others.
  • Blu-ray LogoHD-DVD Logo The current Blu-ray and HD-DVD format war reminisce the VHS and Betamax war in the 1980s. Although, this time will the war end before a winner can be decided?

What will be in your list of "technologies we use that we may not have tomorrow"?