Things That Will Soon Disappear?

The other day I read an article on msn.com about 10 things they believe will soon disappear forever.

One of them was power outages. They said that our electrical grid will become increasingly intelligent and resilient, and that blackouts for homes and businesses will become a thing of the past.

After nearly falling off my chair in shock, I couldn’t decide whether to laugh or cry.

I hate to break it to MSN, but the electrical grid is not going to become more resilient. It gets weaker every day. And blackouts are not only occurring more often these days, they are lasting longer than ever before.

As if the grid weakening was not a huge problem in and of itself. But now we can add an increasing number of threats to this situation.

The vulnerable grid is being hammered every day by cyber attacks. Occasionally it gets hit with physical attacks. And the increasingly extreme weather we experience all across the country is doing a slow but steady number on the grid.

No, power outages will definitely NOT disappear in the near future. They will get worse and only those who have prepared for this scenario will be able to survive it.

So, what else did the writer of the article say would disappear? Well, some of their predictions were a little more realistic that their misguided power outage suggestion.

For example…

  • Fast food workers. They will be largely replaced by machines, especially as fast food restaurant owners try to deal with the rising minimum wage.
  • Manual transmissions. They seem to be on the way out. Very few young people these days are leaning how to drive a stick shift vehicle.
  • Physical books. More and more people – especially younger people – are showing a preference for reading digital text on their phones, electronic readers or laptops rather than carrying books around.
  • Who writes letters anymore? Seems like almost all non-face-to-face communications these days are via email, texting or phone.
  • Incandescent light bulbs. This is a no-brainer. It’s illegal to even manufacture most of them anymore.
  • Don’t get me started on this. Unfortunately, it’s already gone for most of us.
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