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Drones, Phones & More: What Tech Will Last A Century?
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Charlie Babcock
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1/26/2015 | 8:22:39 PM
Ah, about that drone crash on the White House grounds....
"Drones, here for good but perhaps not as common as you think." That verdict may hold, especially after the FAA, FBI and CIA review how a government employee was able to let a drone slip out of control and crash onto the White House grounds. That's not putting ideas into ill-intentioned heads anywhere, is it?
mak63
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1/27/2015 | 12:47:31 AM
TV
How about the TV? Favorite pass time of many.
Verdict: Unlikely. It might be replaced with something like the hololenses or a full blown holodeck.
Gigi3
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1/27/2015 | 4:16:06 AM
Hand Held computing devices.
David, now old phones & its technology are modified in to un imaginary. For wired connection to wireless and from voice to video and data streaming. The latest smartphones are of powerful like 8/12 core laptops. I mean it's more than like a hand held computing device or mobile office.
tzubair
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1/27/2015 | 5:05:40 AM
VoIP
@David: The telephone does survive in its current form when you consider that people still use the handsets to make calls. However, as far as transcontinental calls are concerned, most of them are being carried out via VoIP and the conventional telephone lines connecting the continents are no longer being used. Do you think it's still fair to say that the technology has survived?
tzubair
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1/27/2015 | 9:31:14 AM
Re: TV
"Unlikely. It might be replaced with something like the hololenses or a full blown holodeck."

@mak63: I think TVs might not have a natural death but will certainly envolve into a hybrid product. Just like you mentioned, the back-end may not get the content throrugh conventional satellites or cable and would source the content via internet. The front-end may look like a TV but it would definitely be something hybrid.
Whoopty
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1/27/2015 | 12:36:00 PM
Evolution rather than revolution
A lot of technologies have been around for ages in one form or another. Headphones and speakers are a great example. Likewise, though not as long lasting, the humble keyboard and mouse. In-fact the former of those even more so, as the gaming keyboards of today are mechanical, using basically the same technology that the earliest IBM behemoth's did. 
TerryB
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1/27/2015 | 12:59:45 PM
Really, no paper?
It doesn't sound like going to bathroom will be much fun in future. So, are we back to corn cobs or on to lasers? And I'm not sure I will want to eat without paper plates, think of all the extra dishes! Doesn't sound like progress to me, Dave. :-)
David Wagner
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1/27/2015 | 1:07:52 PM
Re: Ah, about that drone crash on the White House grounds....
@Charlie- Yes, I wish that had happened before I went to press. that sure does put things in perspective. I suspect that the White House is considering installing those defense systems they put on ships.
David Wagner
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1/27/2015 | 1:15:42 PM
Re: TV
@mak63- I stuck with enterprise tools, but I think TV is a fascinating discussion. Depending on your definition, streaming might be killing tradition TV. If you mean the screen we use to watch the entertainment, i suspect we'll still be watching some form of screened entertainment in a century. But maybe holgrams will replace it. It is a fun question.
David Wagner
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1/27/2015 | 1:18:59 PM
Re: VoIP
@tzubair- True, the network has changed. But I think we're still basically making calls on a network of connected wires/signals. So I think VOIP counts. But it is a fun question. Each step awat from the original seems a small step. then you take a look at all those little steps and it is hard to recognize the thing we keep calling a phone.
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