Last Updated on April 13, 2020
Technology has changed the world in every conceivable way. In recent decades, these changes have been increasingly rapid and more remarkable. The latter gives us a very clear understanding of the place technology occupies in our lives, and of all that it eventually replaces and renders obsolete.
Smartphones are a perfect example of this evolution. A lot has changed since Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, that many believe to be the first true modern smartphone.
These small devices are now a central part of our lives and have come to replace a large number of things: calendars, calculators, traditional text messages, newspapers, etc. The list is endless. They even changed the way we interact socially.
This only goes to prove the power of technology in our society. Here are 7 things that are going to be replaced by advanced technology in the next decades (or that are already in the process of being replaced):
Yes, schools. Don’t act so surprised. Online schools are already an option for many students from all over the world. And there is a wide variety of courses you can do online that are highly valued by the labor market.
Top universities such as Standford and Yale, for example, already offer free online courses (Standford is also considered one of the best online schools in the world), and many other universities offer complete online school programs.
We can argue that a classroom is a significant place for any student’s life and that there is no robot teacher-powered by artificial intelligence capable of replacing a real teacher.
That’s true – at least for now. What is also true is that the costs associated with attending a university are unbearable for many families. In such cases, online education is already a great alternative.
2. Physical newspapers and books
The newspaper industry has already had to radically change its entire operation to adapt to these modern times. Companies increased their online presence, released news apps, and created a digital subscription model to facilitate their reader’s access to content. But changes keep happening.