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Phil_Britt
Phil_Britt
5/18/2017 | 1:13:21 PM
Re: Technology is pretty cruel for letting you know how old you're getting
Worse than that was my kids wondering why some old TV shows weren't in color. Similarly, to me, the best part of Apollo 13 was when they were using a slide rule for calculations -- slide rules gave me so much trouble, I could do calculations on paper more quickly. Try to have a cashier count back change if you give him or her an odd amount and POS machine doesn't do it automatically. You could be in line for a loooong time.
danielcawrey
danielcawrey
5/14/2017 | 12:16:17 PM
Re: Technology is pretty cruel for letting you know how old you're getting
Things like pagers and payphones had their time in the sun. 

With new technology, older product just eventually die off. Is there nostalgia for this kind of stuff? Of course. But that doesn't change the fact these things are obsolete. 
Michelle
Michelle
5/12/2017 | 2:01:15 PM
Re: Technology is pretty cruel for letting you know how old you're getting
I'm old enough to remember when payphones were everywhere. I had to carry change just in case I needed to use a phone. 

I hope a fantastic photographer is taking photos of empty payphone booths for posterity. I've seen some in my local convention center. The location of the booths is already very odd and looks strange now that the phones are gone.
mhhfive
mhhfive
5/11/2017 | 1:55:32 PM
Re: Technology is pretty cruel for letting you know how old you're getting
In NYC, I think they've turned old payphones into WiFi hotspots... with varying degrees of success. 

http://gizmodo.com/nycs-new-gigabit-wifi-hotspots-work-like-payphones-from-1750910911

Where is superman supposed to change outfits these days?
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
5/11/2017 | 12:56:43 PM
Re: Technology is pretty cruel for letting you know how old you're getting
I saw an alcove in the lobby of a posh office building in San Francisco a couple of years ago. It was like a small, doorless coat-closet in the middle of the wall of a vast public space. I couldn't figure out what it was until I realized it was an empty phone booth, with the phone and whatever else had been in there removed. 

These days the areas that used to be pay phone walls in convention centers and suchlike now seem to be charging stations. 
mhhfive
mhhfive
5/10/2017 | 11:57:44 PM
Robot surgeons are on the way...
The DaVinci robot for surgery is pretty cool. It minimizes the amount of "opening up" a patient and has "hands" that are almost more dextrous than human hands. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq-_riKtzsY

Makes ya wonder why Dr. Strange needed to seek out the Ancient One... 
mhhfive
mhhfive
5/10/2017 | 11:51:00 PM
Technology is pretty cruel for letting you know how old you're getting
I remember back when I was younger that I joked with a former boss of mine that I didn't know what a "cassette tape" was.. and his eyes glossed over as if he suddenly realized he was an "old man" -- and then I revealed that I was just joking and I knew what a "cassette tape" was... But now I'm sure we're at the point where kids today have no idea what a cassette tape is. 

But payphones still exist... right? I think I've still seen a few -- outside a 7-11. No idea if they're still connected to anything. 
mhhfive
mhhfive
5/10/2017 | 7:48:50 PM
Humans..
> "Adaptability is something that has set us apart from other species over time."

I've heard that other animals have *either* the ability to learn from their peers *or* the flexibility to adapt to new circumstances, whereas humans can learn from each other *and* adapt to new situations. Robots probably will have the same capability... someday.


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