The Media is Talking About: Dead/ Dying Technologies

CDM Media’s Senior Director of Content & C-Suite Communities, James Quin is regularly cited in various media stories across a variety of industries. But leading up to these article inclusions are many conversations and insightful commentaries which don’t always make the publication. In this weekly (or more!) new section, James shares his responses to a myriad of tech topics he discusses with journalists. technologic

When we think about “dead technology,” things like the typewriter and VHS players come to mind. But what should we be getting ready to put out to the curb in the near future?  James Quin weighs-in:

Interesting topic. In regards to the first part of the question, what has replaced what, I think we can boil it down to “more flexible devices and replaced less flexible devices”. Film cameras were replaced by digital cameras not because they were worse cameras (early digital cameras were punishingly expensive with tiny resolutions) but because digital cameras offered greater flexibility – you could shoot more and see what you’d shot instantly.

Landline phones have been replaced by cell phones for the same reasons – even though the devices and the service plans are significantly more expensive, mobile phones allow us to always be available where landlines limited that availability to the proximity of the phone. This isn’t a new phenomenon – cars replaced horse and carriage because they offered greater flexibility, email replaced faxes which replaced telexes which replaced telegrams which replaced letters as the primary means of written communication because each offered more flexibility and capability than the former.

In regards to what’s up next for replacement, I think the technology area under the most threat is traditional personal computing infrastructure in all its various forms and factors. For a long time mobile devices have been making huge inroads into the marketplace for more traditional personal computers (desktops and laptops) with the only thing holding them back being the ability to create and manipulate large amounts of data and/or complex documents. However as mobile devices become more powerful and new input and output mechanisms come to the fore (think things like the Oculus Rift and over VR technologies) the need to work via traditional computers will be minimized.

I can easily foresee a time when mobile devices become powerful enough to be portable computing hubs, that we’ll access their storage and processing capacity via a variety of wirelessly connected input and output devices that will obviate the constraints of the mobile device form factor.

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