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What my Daughter won’t remember from 2016

I was born in 1994, making me 22 years old now. While I was too young to participate in the dot-com boom and eventual bust, I have a vague memory of the early internet and early technology that came with it. I don’t remember VHS, first “brick” phones, dial-up, and some technologies that changed rapidly from 1999 to 2005 when the iPhone launched and changed the course of technology. My daughter was born in late 2015, and the end of 2016 has me thinking what technology around her will drastically change – to the point where she won’t remember it. I already know she won’t know what MySpace is, but she’ll grow up knowing YouTube and Google. She already grabs every phone and any screen she sees; she’s treating it like a touch screen.

So what won’t she remember in 5, 10, or 15 years from now?

Television

Live, real-time TV isn’t going to be something she knows or remembers

We don’t have cable in the apartment, which makes us “cord cutters” or better yet, “cord never-ers.” Instead of a pricey cable bundle we have ultra-high speed internet with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go. This setup allows for us to choose what we want, still watch current TV shows but not pay a hefty price for cable. While we miss out on sports, we are starting to see some move to the internet through Twitter and even Yahoo.

Either way, my daughter is never going to know channel surfing, the nightly news, or what live TV is. She’ll always assume that Netflix is what always had, making for great stories of “when I was young – I watched what was on TV, and didn’t have a choice.”

Data-caps

Remember when everyone had phones with only so many minutes to use?

I remember my parents had a family plan with Sprint that had 800 hundred or so of talk time, now we don’t worry about talk time, it’s unlimited now. We watch how much data we use on our phones with many of us only having 5GB to 10GB of shared data. By the time my daughter is using a phone, she’ll have never to worry about data caps. They’ll be long gone when Elon Musk starts using satellites to provide global internet coverage.

As 5G and other standards come around 4G will get cheaper, and more towers will go up. If Mr. Musk does get his internet satellites working, we could get the internet that way.

The basic home

Light switches are all going to be connected to a home network

I have started dabbling with smart home tech, mainly smart lights connected to the Google Home. While I am retrofitting my home with these accessories, new home builders are designing around connectivity and smart home features. As smart light bulbs come down in price, and Google Home or Amazon Alexa become more powerful and cheaper – more homeowners and event renters will put smart home tech in their home.

Once my daughter is old enough to live on her own or rent an apartment, she’ll live in places where everything is voice controlled. There won’t be light switches, and if there are some, they’ll be connected to a network instead of traditional wiring.

The iPhone

The Sidekick was the major phone in my day, and the iPhone may become her major phone

The iPhone is a juggernaut when it comes to other phones; no one can touch it. They won’t always have the title. No one believed BlackBerry would fall from their high throne, but look at them now! Apple and the iPhone are no different. My daughter will likely remember the iPhone, maybe even have one, but her generation may have a different Razer, Sidekick, or iPhone. At the very least, the phones she uses will look and feel vastly different than what I knew and used

She could see phones with longer battery life, bendable screens, and features we could never have imaged our phones having.

TL;DR

Every piece of technology is going to evolve, get better, and get cheaper over the years. She’ll get to see how technology engulfs every inch of our lives, see companies like Pebble fall, and see where social media takes us.

She’s growing up with touch screens, smart home devices, and will always have an internet connection.

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