@raceprouk said in Dumb things being crowdfunded.:
Ooh, I do love tearing these apart!
#15. It wouldn't surprise me if, in 20 years' time, people are still predicting the imminent demise of the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Or, if in 20 years' time nobody gives a fuck about whatever obsolete plugs existed before. Apart from electricity nerds, who cares that domestic fuse boxes are no longer fuse boxes but circuit breaker?
#14. Because we need to make cirrhosis of the liver easier to get
If they start with bullshit like that so early in the list, no 1 will be "no one will ever die" or some such crap. Hangovers are mostly de-hydration, no amount of tampering with alcohol will change that.
#13. Yes, it's so much more convenient to unlock a phone, hunt for the app, start it, restart it, etc, etc, etc.
That's like the good old "in the year 2000 everyone will commute by plane": take a nice tech and wildly expand on it without thinking about any of the real consequences/limitations.
#12. This one I agree with.
Yep. Same for photos, physical film will be a thing of the past, like glass plate photographies are now.
#11. Good luck powering a kettle or a vacuum from USB.
Mwaahahaha That one is so much bullshit, yes.
#10. Eh... possible, I guess.
Although since we are starting to be aware of the problem, and some fish populations can recover pretty quick (see recent story about North Sea cod (?)), this is probably a bit too pessimistic. On the other hand, fish-on-Friday moved from being almost ubiquitous to being some kind of habit (and isn't that old a tradition that some people want you to believe!), so it may very well die out by itself.
#9. Hackable doors! Just what I've always wanted!
#8. Basic telephony isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Agreed, on both.
#7. This one I can believe.
Yep. The interesting thing will be to see the societal behaviour when smoking rates go low enough that some people will seriously argue for banning it entirely. Which is the direction things are heading to at the moment, but is at odds with the opposite trend of deregulating some other drugs e.g. weed!
#6. This one is a genuine oft-reported issue.
But also one on which many people are working, for the same reason. Not sure how it will turn out, but with the growing understanding of genetics and molecular level effect of drugs, it could be that we don't need that many more new antibiotics. Let's hope so...
#5. 2020 is too soon, but this is coming eventually.
Yes, and the underlying issue here again is a societal one. At which point will it be legal for someone without any kind of license to buy a car and use it alone? I'm guessing quite a long time, for all the legal reasons but not for technical ones.
#4. This I can also believe.
I thought we were going to have USB everywhere?
#3. How wonderful, assuming what applies to the US applies to the whole world. For us Europeans, the proportion of manuals is still well above that of automatics, even with an increasing number of electric cars. And it'll be a few decades before manuals stop being the top transmission type.
However more and more cars, even in Europe, tend to be of the "robotic manual" type (or whatever name each constructor comes up with), which is to say that there is all the hardware to have the box operate automatically. It's almost the norm on high-end cars now, I think, so given how technology tends to trickle down from there to everyday cars (see e.g. AC, reversing radars and all other gizmos), I wouldn't be surprised if all cars are like this at some point.
So yeah, entirely US-centric, but still probably an accurate prediction.
#2. Better lighting for less energy. What's not to like?
Plus, it's not a prediction, it's already the case in many places. Kind of like saying that houses will have double-glazing, at least around here it's the norm for any new build/renovation.
#1. Technically, chocolate is already a luxury food. It just happens to be cheap, too.
And if there is enough incentive, I'm pretty sure that someone will find a way to synthetize all the flavour components and make artificial one (like "fruit flavoured" yoghourts that haven't seen a single shred of fruit).