Are we Obsolete?
not in use any more, having been replaced by something newer and better or more fashionable source
Cellphone with keyboard is Obsolete — because of Touch Screen phones
Fax Machine is Obsolete — because of email options
Film Negatives is Obsolete — because of Digital printing
VHS is Obsolete — because of Online Streaming
Drafting is Obsolete — because of Auto Cad
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I think it is fair to confirm tangible products to be Obsolete because of modern items that have been invented or developed but I don’t think humans should be compared to its product counterpart just because society or corporations made that claim
The Vacuum vs Cleaner — Vacuum needs to be plugged in, and it runs on either battery or electricity, when it malfunctions it would still need a repairman or maybe it will be thrown away and newer model will be bought.
Vacuum replaces the menial tiring function but it allows whoever the operator sweat less and have more time to work on tasks that matters to them. It is cost effective.
How about Roles or Jobs becoming Obsolete?
Camera Operators on sets because of more advance Camera Equipment
Customer Service Professionals because of Chatbots and Automated Emails
Farmers because of capitalism
Librarians because of less Libraries to attend to
Photographers because anyone with a camera now can call themselves photographers.
More old fashion jobs include: Switchboard operators, Chimney Sweeper, Pinsetter, Milkman and a few more here
Many products, processes, and system are not considered Obsolete until a tried and tested new invention, automation and solution is confirmed. It took years for humans to go from using stones to write to actually using pen and ink and then later Typewriters which was replaced by Computers and now just tiny Handphones. I will not be surprised if the art of handwriting will completely be Obsolete because people will just speak to their speaker and their device will then to the speech to text conversion.
The funny premise is that all these improvements are supposed to make life easier for Humans, or at least more convenient but the process leads to eliminating workforce and just handing the majority of economy earnings to large corporate key players.
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Storefronts are slowly becoming obsolete and are just now considered a marketing tool because of all the online stores that have popped up all over the world. This is, by all means, a good thing, as years ago I never thought I could possibly buy something not available in my Country in such low prices it is being offered now. Everyone must understand though that the labor cost being eliminated by business owners to survive in the ever-changing economy, causes the shift to poverty or lack of hope for those losing their jobs.
People and Connections
Umalahokan — town criers in the Philippines used to make announcements by shouting the announcement from a distance.
Mails > Telephones > Telegrams > Pagers > Cellphones > Email >Skype >Social media platforms
Real connection between people was improved by AOL, Yahoo groups, MIRC, Myspace, Friendster, Tumbler, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, but it actually lessens the magic of real spontaneous and meaningful conversations. I still remember setting up a meeting with friends, in the University back in 2000 and we all need to meet at one special spot at 1 specific time. We will wait for everyone to arrive before we go, but if anyone of our friends hasn’t arrived yet we will then leave some notes on a waiting shed/bus stop (Secret Spot of course) giving instructions to our friend on where she can then follow. Yet again, it is convenient to just meet at the exact spot where we want to go, and just a message if anyone can come (late or early)or not.
Humans do not serve 1 specific function. I beg to disagree, people,
WE WILL NEVER BE OBSOLETE!
As a multifunctional diverse being we can have a role within our friends, within our family, within our community, within our job, within our society, within our country, within our continent, within our planet, within our universe.
If I am a farmer and all lands are taken and all I know is to tend the land do I just stop working and Die? I bet you, as a farmer, I will be sad but I can still have a small piece of land and grow my produce and I will find ways to earn money without that farmland.
On the other hand, If I will have a tea with a farmer friend and interview him for 30 straight days on how to start a small farm, how to take care of the carabao, how to take care of your vegetables, how to store your harvest, how to deal with too much rain, how to deal with insects in the farm, how to raise chickens and pigs, how to fish in the pond, how to build a tiny hut, how to find your way when you are lost in the jungle, how to send your children to college even if you did not even finish grade school, how to stay happy in the rural area, how to find entertainment daily, how to do birth control, how to make your wife feel special, how to heal an injury fast, how to do first aid for Snake Bites or Dog bites, how to weave a basket, how to find food in the Jungle… ah, and the list goes on he can practically write a book about being a farmer! If I find the time I might even make YouTube channels for my farmer friend!
Check out this Youtube channel of a guy who makes some amazing stuff by hand — heated pool anyone?
The Cameraman, Customer Service Professional, Librarians, Photographer is not Obsolete, instead, it is their function that has evolved. They just need to change it up a bit!
If by 2030 many jobs will be obsolete. It should be our goal to create companies and initiatives that will utilize these awesome humans who were labeled Obsolete by 2020 era.
Your Obsolete Camera operator could already be building the next platforms for Film enthusiasts, Cinematographers, Vloggers, Content Creators and others. He can train an army of Camera operators who will just collect video footages of randomness. He/She can train to be a Drone operator now and build a Drone School. He/She can train an army of cameramen who will document every move of some random celebrity, politicians, sports star, musician, or anyone who wants to have a documentation of their daily shenanigans — I know this looks far-fetched but I can see that they would hire own cameraman to help them make Outfit of the Day posts.
Your Obsolete Customer Support Professional could already be building the next platforms for businesses. He can train an army of Support, who can help Business owners have higher retention and better Lifetime customer values He/She can train chat bot designers now and build chat bot school for every niche. He/She can be a consultant to document opportunities missed by Business Owners stakeholders. Better yet, he could already be building business after business after business because he/she cares for every customer and it really helps the company in the long run.
2030 will surely be different by then, there is even a chance that it is going to be in reverse.
What if there is too much plastic, garbage, depression, laziness, that new jobs will sprout out of nowhere.
Possible Job titles and description
- Plastic Researcher — all you need to do is up-cycle and re-purpose plastics into other products. Like using Plastic in place of Paper, or using recycled Plastic as construction materials, or using recycled Plastic to make large Boats, Kayaks or surfboards.
- Garbage Manager — all you need to do is sort all garbage in a massive dumpsite, you can organize a framework, use Scrum to work with a team of 1000 people and you can work with NGOs in re-purposing the garbage.
- Happiness Coach — all you need to do is create daily activities in the happy Camp to help patients diagnosed with Clinical Depression. You will facilitate the healing process by taking them into the journey of self-appreciation and love for life.
- Pusher — all you need to do is to help your clients work, move, deliver and achieve results by taking actions and implementing fast.
Obsolete is not a dirty word. It can be an encouragement to just change it up a bit every day.
Your Toys are Obsolete because you have outgrown the love of playing, Encyclopedia is obsolete because the information is more accessible nowadays.
Anything can be Obsolete, probably money will be obsolete soon too but humans
My advice to you is find your self worth and value and magnify it 100x this will make you relevant no matter what happens in this world. Once you have made peace with the fact that what it was before has evolved many times since you last checked, you will be ready for anything.