October 16, 2014
In this week’s Kiplinger e-newsletter there is a thought-provoking list of things that won’t be around much longer. I don’t have much disagreement with the list. It does make one begin to think about other things that might be added to the list in the near future. Here’s the list:
1. The Plow – Most U.S. cropland is now managed as “no-till” or minimum-till, relying on herbicides and implements such as seed drills that work the ground with very little disturbance, among other practices.
2. College Textbooks – By the end of this decade, digital formats for tablets and e-readers will displace physical books for assigned reading on college campuses, The Kiplinger Letter is forecasting. K–12 schools won’t be far behind, though they’ll mostly stick with larger computers as their platform of choice. (Note – I’ve seen no evidence that they will be cheaper.)
3. The Clutch Pedal – Automatic transmissions are becoming more efficient. (Note – I love my 6-speed)
4. You Neighborhood Mail Collection Box – First-class mail volume is plummeting, down 55% from 2004 to 2013. So, around the country, the U.S. Postal Service has been cutting back on those iconic blue collection boxes.
5. The Incandescent Light Bulb –Stores can still sell whatever inventory they have left, but once the hoarders have had their run.
6. Your Privacy –The list of tracking devices is set to boom, as sensors are added to appliances, lights, locks, HVAC systems and even trash cans.