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Old 04-27-2017, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Prepperland
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Humans.
Within the next decade?
Socialism may self-destruct within the next decade.
Or civilization may self-destruct within the next decade.
But I doubt extinction of the species is imminent.
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Old 04-27-2017, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Prepperland
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If government meddling (regulations, subsidies and taxes) were eliminated, one might suspect that frugal, efficient processes and methods would flourish while wasteful, extravagant, or inefficient modes would diminish - and be obsolete.
What may be - - -
Housing:
__ Superinsulated, resilient, disaster resistant, autonomous housing : consuming few resources to maintain comfort, protect occupants and possessions, and enhance productivity

Transportation:
__ Renaissance of electric traction rail, the most efficient form of land transport (barring a technological breakthrough), in all its forms : heavy, high speed, subway, urban, interurban, streetcars, funiculars, cogwheel, etc.

Cities:
__ Parallel with the renaissance of rail is consolidation of population in cities, towns, and villages. Reduced distances and increased opportunities will enhance prosperity and quality of life.

What would be obsolete - - -
__ “Old” houses that are not disaster resistant, frugal, resilient nor superinsulated. They would be a perpetual drain on the finances of the owner.
__ With the end of all subsidies, the automobile / petroleum / pavement paradigm would be too expensive to support and maintain. The advent of inexpensive and convenient rail transport would diminish auto ownership by 85% or more. Decaying infrastructure would eventually be demolished or replaced with more suitable means. New vehicles will have to be designed to handle the decayed roadways and lack of infrastructure - 4 wheel drive off-road type vehicles with adjustable height suspensions may be popular. Perhaps amphibious features would be useful, too.
__ Suburbia and its sprawl, and all related aspects would be in decline, as would shopping malls, strip malls, drive-through retail, and so on. The decline of the automobile and increased expense for the suburban lifestyle would shift demographics and lead to the demolition of suburbia, in favor of either villages with consolidated population -or- reclaim the land for agriculture.
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Old 04-28-2017, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Lilburn
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And what happens when you don't really know where you want to go. Plenty of times the family and I just got out for a drive with no real destination.
I'm sure there'll be an app on your phone to tell the car to wonder around aimlessly, or take the scenic route
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Old 04-28-2017, 08:41 PM
 
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I'm sure there'll be an app on your phone to tell the car to wonder around aimlessly, or take the scenic route


Yaaaaa, no.
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Old 04-29-2017, 05:44 AM
 
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Charging cords need to go away. PLEASE, let some egghead invent a wireless charger. There's too many devices now and too many charging cords.
This is available now for android. Charging pads, I use one now.
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Old 04-29-2017, 03:00 PM
 
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Moved from Great Debates to Science and Technology. Pending approval of assigned moderators
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Old 05-05-2017, 02:13 AM
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This could actually be a very fun topic
Open again, and I'm bumping it back to the top.
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Old 05-05-2017, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Radio - who wants to listen to crap when better stuff is available over a cell phone?
CFL lamps - good riddance, even if a pen point of mercury is the motivator to kill them.
The stupid grey display screens that can have invisible displays if the light doesn't hit them just right.
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Old 05-05-2017, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Humans.
Yes very true.
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Old 06-06-2017, 05:30 PM
 
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Newspapers are a dying industry. Also, the long term survival of magazines may be dubious.

If any print media survives, I think it will be books.
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