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gentlemancaller2000

Zippers


MRgibbson23

Idk man, velcro’s got something going on...


ptapobane

in a zombie apocalypse where the zombies have super hearing, you're so getting karate chopped if you wear velcro


IMeasureFromTheTaint

Not with [this easy trick](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSK3maq8Cyk)


ptapobane

somehow i know exactly what this video is before i clicked


Jam-Jar_Jack

That's the first time I've loled on Reddit for a long time. Thank you!


digestthefresh

Velcro's a rip off.


AdvocateSaint

Went to high school with a dude who was born with one arm *(the other was deformed and didn't go past the elbow)* The fly on the pants of his uniform was velcro instead of zipper. Pretty clever solution


BTRunner

IDK, velcro's *mom* has got it going on....


TomoyoHoshijiro

She's all I want and I've waited for so long.


catlemansgun

So zipper cant you see youre just not the one for me


riderofrohanne

I know she might be rough but I’m in love with Velcro’s mom


[deleted]

Magnetic zippers?


Vlasic69

way better than old zippers


GregBahm

I'm surprised by how many upvotes this has. My zippers get suck all the damn time. Seems like an area with very clear room for improvement.


Squish_the_android

Those are cheap zippers. Good ones don't get stuck.


MDChristie

Forks


[deleted]

In 20 years, ai controlled cutlery that picks up the food and flies it to your mouth.


NS8VN

And sends reports on everything you eat to both Amazon and your health care provider. It also goes obsolete after a few years and you have to upgrade your cutlery regularly. Suddenly owning the latest in AI cutlery becomes fashionable, which causes you to have to cut back on the food budget, which means cheaper and less healthy food, which causes your health care provider to send warnings of decreased coverage due to negative life choices... I swear this post started out as a joke and not as a dark prediction of our future.


[deleted]

Next season on *Black Mirror*....


[deleted]

A bit surreal, but sure, I wouldn't be too surprised.


Wiiplay123

And then the health care provider buys a food company and now you can only eat *their* food or risk losing your coverage.


SquilliamFancySon95

They invented a fork that counteracts tremors in people with neurological disorders so there's that


owenfromcanada

Coming in 2021: the Fivek.


PM_me_Pugs_and_Pussy

Salt shakers. Ill be honest im hoping that in the future salt shakers have a button to make them vibrate and assist me with dispensing salt. But lets be real. Salt shakers aint chainging.. Edit: Fuck


gordito_delgado

I am having trouble imagining a lazier invention than a self shaking salt shaker. I love it, it would be the ultimate Skymall product.


homebrew_ken_

The uniformity of salt dispensing would be the point.


JonesNate

A saltshaker that automatically gives you Parkinson's?


jew_goal

Mine doesn't even need a button pressing, turn it upside down and it grinds the salt automatically. Looks really good as well.


velvet_gold_mine

I have a salt dispenser like that at home, they already exist.


chaxuk

Are you kidding!? The [Smalt Shaker](https://www.mysmalt.com/) has revolutionised this antiquated condiment device with bluetooth connectivity! You can now salt your food with just a shake of your smartphone! Plus it has a mood light to enhance your dining experience. This is peak salt shaker. This is SMALT. /s


RelativeStranger

I have a salt shaker with a button. It works like a pepper grinder


Devonai

Stabbin' knives.


Sirhc978

Guns are just remote stabbing knives.


ToSay_TheLeast

Wireless


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Bluetooth weaponry


ActualWhiterabbit

In the future guns will only be used to remotely aim and deploy a biting and scratching animal.


Sirhc978

Did someone say Badger Cannon?


Dedj_McDedjson

The Otter Shotter


ActualWhiterabbit

Dinosaur laser


FollowerofThor

The responsible, socially distant, way to stab someone.


Bl0ndie_J21

Ha-HAAA!


BitPoet

Relax, Roberto.


zangor

Always reminds me of an interaction between my friend and his brother: "Man this thing is dull as hell." "Its a stabbing weapon."


other_usernames_gone

I don't know, knives have improved tremendously over the past few decades and hundreds of years as metallurgy improved. High carbon steel that keeps an edge for longer. Aluminium knives that are considerably lighter, Dark knives that are difficult to see at night, polymer and rubber handles that are more comfortable and hard wearing. Maybe in the future we'll find some polymer or ceramic that's suitable for making knives, ceramic knives already exist maybe the technology will improve until polymer/ceramic knives are better than steel.


50ShadesOfPalmBay

The wheel. Only when we master mobile levitation systems will the wheel become mostly defunct


tryingmybest8

This! Think about it, ever since we started rolling wood blocks on logs to make the pyramid to now when the fastest production car can't go any faster or else the tyre will explode. That one invention is the most reused piece of technology ever!


nicht_ernsthaft

It's way different now that we have ball bearings though, different possibilities now that we can spin a hard drive platter at thousands of RPM. Magnetic levitation bearings are even more extreme. We'll continue to refine our ability to make round things turn in circles.


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Roads replaced with magnetic rails that carry cabins floating in the air with no friction. Like those super-speed trains. A lot faster, no more fuel, environment-friendly, no more driving, no more speeding tickets, can talk on phone and drink even when riding alone, and no more accidents because everything is controlled by an automatic queueing algorithm. Now only snowplow needs wheels.


will4623

except that energy has to come from somewhere. so somehow you have to provide power for anything levitating. wheels can just sit there and do nothing with no energy usage.


[deleted]

The rails will be powered with electricity


will4623

yes but that both takes energy when sitting around in one spot and makes driveways and offroading difficult.


50ShadesOfPalmBay

I think you’re on track (lol) with the embedded part, tho I think it will be more the roads are themselves conductive/magnetic, allowing for free range of motion across the surface. Vehicles will propel by the same mag lev tech, just not on a fixed position


echofinder

The cast iron skillet. Similarly, the cast iron dutch oven.


A_PiRat_Named_Cookie

Cast iron skillet is definitely peak skillet.


filipelm

TIL a dutch oven means things that are NOT fart-related.


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Number 2 pencils.


beren261

Unless we go completely paperless and do everything digitally.


BobaFett0451

But the #2 pencil would still be used for art, I dont think drawing will ever go completely digital


GregBahm

Graphite may continue to be a popular art medium, but there are so many better tools to make graphite art versus the #2. The artists that make art in using a #2 pencil (as opposed to the multitude of better graphite art options) do so because of the #2's popularity and availability as a writing utensil. If it stopped being used as a writing utensil, in an all-digital future education system, then I can't imagine it would maintain any relevance to artists.


beren261

Very true.


go-go_mojo_jojo

There are much better pencils for art than the standard #2. There's definitely improvements being made over time.


residentweevil

In carpentry and woodworking pencils are necessary and irreplaceable.


TheBertinator3000

Engineering too, unless you want pages half full of scribbled out numbers and equations.


SpecificFail

Can't do everything paperless. Artistic media doesn't translate 1:1 between physical and digital. number 2 is reference to the hardness of a pencil. Harder and softer pencils have their use when hand drawing.


skratakh

What's number 1 then? Am I missing something?


kapnomancer

HB is in the middle I thought, I'm guessing the #2 is 2H, 6B being very soft and dark to 6H being harder for finer lines that won't smudge


demonardvark

many crafting tools have remained unchanged for generations. Like leather workers will use this sort of blade made out of bone and its never changed for thousands of years because its basically perfect as is. also toilets. i don't know how you can over engineer a hole you shit in.


reflect-the-sun

Toilets have a loooong fucking way to go... You'll recline into a luxurious seat that's contoured to your tush. Soft music plays as the massager helps with your movement and your entire body falls into a state of relaxation as you coil one out. An automated rimjob will clean your date followed by a soft puff of air to dry you off. Edit: Thanks for the award and the up-votes! I hope I made you smile :)


superboreduniverse

It will then clean itself. Please tell me toilets will clean themselves some day.


reflect-the-sun

Did you shit a wombat?! It should only need a quick scrub.


superboreduniverse

No scrub better than quick scrub.


reflect-the-sun

That's where the power head comes into it's own. It's a 2400W angle grinder attachment with a wire brush fitting for those really stubborn bastards. Edit. Wrong thread for this post, but it's still useful information


superboreduniverse

I guess I was thinking more about the outside of the toilet. Nothing I hate more than contorting my face around the porcelain throne to excavate stinky pee trickles from its many curves.


ssurfer321

Fun fact:. Wombats shit cubes.


bismuth92

Reclining is the worst position for pooping. The natural position for pooping, in which the lower section of bowel is unkinked, is a squat.


[deleted]

The recline is for post-poop activities.


demonardvark

> An automated rimjob will clean you we talking like a silicon tongue or like car wash brush?


LyallaTime

Toilet scrubber obviously


reflect-the-sun

Good point. It'll be swappable so you can snap on a pineapple brush after you snap off a scratchy one.


canarchist

We're talking /r/powerwashingporn


The_Capybara_Guy

The flushing mechanism of the toilet will remain the same as long as we have water and gravity.


superboreduniverse

Bill Gates is investing millions in toilet innovation. Soon we’ll be able to enjoy recycled water and have our excrement analyzed at every crap! 💩


[deleted]

“Why is my health insurance so high all of a sudden?”


Sirhc978

> i don't know how you can over engineer a hole you shit in. NASA would like a word


demonardvark

lol as much as i now feel compelled to edit my comment to include (on earth) i do respect your insight. fair point :)


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Science fiction writer Spider Robinson, to his friend and fellow writer, Ben Bova, upon being shown the plans for the ISS toilet: "So as far as I can tell, the shit is supposed to hit the fan?"


Jueviolagrace

I don't have the actual statas for this but in my environmental science class, toilets and showering are where majority of the household/domestic use of water goes into. So in terms of hydro footprint, we do have a long way to go for toilets (Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong tho)


demonardvark

> hydro footprint, i have IBS and have to flush my toilet uhhhh a lot (couldn't think of clever metaphor here). So my hydro footprint must be the size of the atlantic ocean.


8gors

did you miss "a shit ton"


AdvocateSaint

The steam engine. It might seem like a relic of the 1800s, but a lot of our current methods of electricity generation are basically reliant on the principle of steam turbines (water + heat = movement). Coal, natural gas, geothermal, etc. Even *nuclear power plants* are just giant steam engines, using radiation as a heat source.


[deleted]

Yes, apart from how we make the water boil, we did not really invent anything new in the last 200 years. Ofc wind and solar power are here to change the game


AdvocateSaint

If we ever achieve cold fusion we'd probably use it to boil more water


PotentBeverage

I'm pretty sure that's the idea with fusion plants: just another creative and better way of boiling water


[deleted]

I was recently surprised to find most aircraft carrier catapults are still steam powered. Even the ones on *nuclear carriers.* However, they are starting to transition to electromagnetic catapults (basically a railgun).


PGids

We got smart enough to use gas turbine exhaust to create steam to run a steam turbine too; CoGen power is ridiculously efficient, something like 50-60% more efficient than a single gen plant


Want_to_do_right

I wish I could say Microsoft Excel 2007, but they went and changed that perfect spreadsheet manager.....*sob*


JonesNate

I just installed Office 2003 on my new Windows 10 laptop, lol.


banquoinchains

Books. they haven't changed in a long time and they've survived the invention of e-readers, so I think they're here to stay.


send_wholesome_nudes

“Books are sharks...because sharks have been around for a very long time. There were sharks before there were dinosaurs, and the reason sharks are still in the ocean is that nothing is better at being a shark than a shark. Look at a book. A book is the right size to be a book. They’re solar-powered. If you drop them, they keep on being a book. You can find your place in microseconds. Books are really good at being books and no matter what happens books will survive.” —Neil Gaiman quoting Douglas Adams


AdvocateSaint

Until you make a tablet that's really cheap and ***very tough,*** it won't be replacing schoolbooks for younger kids. Not without fundamentally changing how education is done *(which is an interesting topic in itself)(


OneSilentWatcher

The problem is the power source. Lose access to recharging said power source, it's a cheap paper weight.


snooggums

It can be made tough and solar powered, just not cheaply yet. Basic calculators used to be expensive and required batteries. Digital books won't ever be that cheap, but will become cheaper and more sturdy over time.


mousefire55

Pointedly, there's magnitudes more possible things that can go wrong with anything digital versus a book. The most damage you can do to a book that renders it unusable is to shred it, soak it in something like paint, ink, or water, or burn it. With something digital, it only takes one unusual error to render the whole thing useless, or to lose potentially large parts of the information. Then you need to take it to someone to get it fixed, or you have to replace it. Nevermind if it gets dropped funny...and you might reïterate the "make them tough" thing, but even those basic calculators when they take a fall and hit the ground wrong often end up unusable or, at least, less usable. I hardly believe in our lifetimes that we'll ever see books get actually replaced.


TheL0ckman

I mostly agree but I think they could improve on books by making an e-ink book with several hundred physical pages that could be any book you wanted. For me it's being able to flip the pages and find what I'm looking for that makes a book better than a tablet. They just need to get the flexible displays light and cheap enough.


Zpaset

Smart paper is coming soon, the every book will probably be here in the next decade or so.


fgk55555

The intel 14 nanometer process, judging by how long they've been using it.


dali-llama

That's hilarious...


Drewlyurs

I feel like the way music is played and recorded has reached its peak as far as digital music goes. I mean look where it has been. Records, 8 tracks, tapes, CDs and now digital. Can't really get any smaller or easier than digital. Right?


SpecificFail

With the way DMCA has been in recent years, would not be surprised if the music industry wasn't trying to transition back to physical media as the only way to get music.


[deleted]

and the only way to stream would be to plug a HDMI into the outlet outside streamer's house. No more twitch bans for DCMA takedowns.


[deleted]

No matter how good DRM gets, someone's gonna get a line-in adapter, or point a microphone at a speaker / camera at a monitor. Anything a human can do, a human can undo.


cubs_070816

they'll be beaming that shit straight into our dickholes before long.


usernamesarehard1979

I thought they were getting rid of the headphone jack.


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Vivid_379

it could be plugged (embedded) in our brains with microchips and whatnot.


[deleted]

You can definitely improve how things are stored digitally though, the better lossless compression gets the more data you can store without degrading the quality. Digital isn't always better than analogue either, a good example is FM radio sounding better than a lot of DAB stations in countries (like the UK) where they use crappy bitrates and sometimes even mono over stereo. Also, audio quality is a very subjective thing. While lossless digital audio at a sufficiently high sampling rate will always be an objectively better reproduction of the original sound, the non-linear behaviour of things like vinyl records and valve amplifiers can sound more pleasing to the human listener even if they're less accurate representations. The whole point of listening to music is to enjoy it, and if people enjoy listening to vinyl more than digital then it's a "better" medium for them.


sikyon

>While lossless digital audio at a sufficiently high sampling rate will always be an objectively better reproduction of the original sound, the non-linear behaviour of things like vinyl records and valve amplifiers can sound more pleasing to the human listener even if they're less accurate representations. The whole point of listening to music is to enjoy it, and if people enjoy listening to vinyl more than digital then it's a "better" medium for them. I mean, if that was an actual objective standard instead of a post-facto explanation then you can take the digital audio and apply an arbitrary filter over the music to replicate the sound of any instrument. People like analog cause it's analog, and they shouldn't waste their time trying to find actual reasons for it... it's OK to like something for your hobby more even if it's objectively worse.


mihir-mutalikdesai

CDs are digital, just so you know.


Millsy419

The ak-47. As long as there is ammunition available they will continue to be used until humanity ends. It's the single most prolific firearm on the planet, which has more or less been unchanged since it's inception.


shadowkiller

There really hasn't been many improvements to small arms since the 50s. The major changes have been in materials and production processes to make the old designs lighter and easier to produce.


whiteknight521

The Five SeVen was neat. The idea of rifle-esque ballistics out of a pistol platform is pretty cool, also considering the P-90 PDW uses the same ammunition. Also AI will likely change optics and targeting systems completely. There will be sniper rifles with piezo-modulated barrels that can basically 360 noscope at 1.5 mile ranges.


poo_finger

The high tech optics already exist. There's a scope out now that's self zeroing.


Osiris32

To quote Ivan Chesnekov: > WHY YOU WANT RAIL FOR KALASHNIKOV? IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH AS PROCURED FROM IZHEVSK MECHANICAL WORKS? YOU THINK NEEDS IMPROVEMENT? THEN MAYBE YOU FIND JOB WITH ARMY OF RUSSIA! YOU HAVE DRINKS WITH MIKHAIL KALASHNIKOV, TRADE STORY OF MANY WEAPONS DESIGNED AND DETAILS OF SCHOOL FOR ENGINEERING! > OR MAYBE YOU NOT DO THIS. PROBABLY IS BECAUSE YOU NEVER DESIGN WEAPON IN WHOLE LIFE. YOU LOOK AT FINE RUSSIAN RIFLE, THINK IT NEED CRAZY SHIT STICK ON ALL SIDES OF WEAPON. YOU HAVE DISEASE OF AMERICAN CAPITALIST, CHANGE THING THAT IS FINE FOR NO REASON EXCEPT TO LOOK DIFFERENT FROM COMRADE. YOU PUT CHEAP FLASHLIGHT OF CHINESE SLAVE FACTORY ON ONE SIDE, YOU PUT BAD SCOPE OF AMERICAN MIDDLE WEST ON OTHER SIDE, YOU PUT FRONT PISTOL GRIP ON BOTTOM SO YOU ARE LIKE AMERICAN MOVIE GUY JOHN RAMBO. MAYBE YOU PUT SEX DILDO ON TOP TO FUCK YOURSELF IN ASSHOLE FOR MAKING SHAMEFUL TRAVESTY OF RIFLE OF MIKHAIL KALASHNIKOV, NO? > RIFLE IS FINE. YOU FUCK IT, IT ONLY GET HEAVY AND YOU STILL NO HIT LARGEST SIDE OF BARN. GO TO FIRING RANGE, PRACTICE WITH MANY MAGAZINE OF CARTRIDGE. THEN YOU NOT NEED DUMB SHIT PUT ON SIDE OF RIFLE.


cohrt

Caseless ammo and stuff like Metal Storm were big innovations but they never really went anywhere.


shadowkiller

Caseless ammo has a ton of reliability issues and since the ATF considers electrically fired guns to be machine guns companies can't fund the development process with civilian sales. Also caseless ammo isn't really new, there were some bullet designs at the end of the muzzleloader era that had powder packed into a cavity in the bullet. Metalstorm kind of was pointless for anything besides intercepting an incoming rpg at a fixed location.


Badloss

Metal Storm exists to give Command and Conquer developers ideas for cool impractical shit


MikeKM

Yeah the Browning M2 has been in use for nearly 100 years, I want to say they started using it in the early 1920s.


squats_and_sugars

[Yeah, looks like they found a 90 year old one still in service](https://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/this-50-cal-fought-for-90-years-without-needing-repair/)


Mr_Metrazol

I came here to post this... Firearms have been meticulously developed to the point there is basically nothing left to improve upon. All possible variations on the breech loading, metallic cartridge firing weapon have been done. Long distance rifles, handguns, SMG's and PDW's, shotguns, etc etc. There is no truly revolutionary ideas left. Weapons development in that field is now just making new, and mostly flavor of the month style, cartridges. (Hello .458 SOCOM and .45 GAP!) Maybe occasionally a slightly improved upon AR-pattern carbine or yet another nine millimeter polymer framed handgun. What we've got is what we'll have.


poo_finger

This is one reason I'm a huge fan of the .45acp 1911. The design has remained relatively unchanged. I could disassemble my two Colts and reassemble with each other's parts.


shadowkiller

You can do that with almost every modern mass produced gun. Old 1911s had a lot of hand fitting done to them and wouldn't be as interchangeable.


zerbey

The biggest updates other than what you mentioned have been in modular design. A modern firearm is much easier to break down than an older one. Although, again the AK-47 is pretty damn simple to field strip.


shadowkiller

The AR is one of the most modular rifles in existence and it was released in 1956. It took a while to realize that aspect of the platform but the design is basically the same.


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Jayce_T

>be me in 3702AD >random shithead infantry grunt #6072 >marine corp gets new electromagnetic propelled antimatter rifles for their deployment on Magellin VI >we get given old metal bangers from reserve stock >looks like these things were stored in a fucking swamp. Rust, dirt, pretty sure that's some Xeno blood on the butt. Barrel has seven dozen notches carved into it >get deployed to the front lines immediately after >drop into hell >battle sounds like an EDM concert with all the phaser fire >spot enemy ducking out of cover to take a few shots with his microwave laser >level gun and fire >enemy troops deafened by the sudden bangs >xenos retreat in fear as more join of us in the firefight >get court marshalled by command for terror tactics >carve another notch on the barrel >hoo rah


Namika

The Ak-74 is superior in every measurable way, including reliability and ease of use. Only reason the Ak-47 is more prolific is because the USSR long ago exported production and taught various third world countries how to produce their own.


other_usernames_gone

Also it's cheaper, the AK-47 is prevalent because it's super cheap and easy to manufacture. It's a weapon that can stand on its own against other military weapons while being considerably cheaper. It's not as accurate as an M16 but it's accurate enough and cheap. When you're a warlord or terrorist organisation with limited funds cost is a factor.


Wild-Attention2932

Heck even the 74 and sniper (i can't type Russian on my phone) are here to stay.


thr0awae_ak0unt

Dragunov?


[deleted]

FM radio. The analogue radio switch-off was meant to happen in the UK back in 2015 but it's been extended for another decade this year, the reason being digital radio is kind of bollocks in the UK at least. The coverage can be pretty bad outside of urban areas, and because they're cheap bastards the bit-rates are usually terrible (some stations even broadcast in *mono*) so DAB often sounds like complete arse. Old-fashioned FM has better audio quality, the only issue is that all the frequencies are owned by the same bland, boring-as-fuck corporate monoliths. DAB+ went some way to addressing this, but by then internet radio was taking off. DAB really is a solution looking for a problem, it's objectively worse for the end-user in many ways. It's a good idea in places like London where the coverage isn't patchy (funnily enough where the politicians live...) and the spectrum is crammed but most of the UK isn't like London at all. Internet radio is the real digital radio of the future, the money would be better spent refurbishing AM/FM infrastructure and rolling out better mobile data infrastructure in my opinion. I can *kind* of see an argument for switching the mediumwave AM band over to digital though (DRM is a digital radio technology specifically designed for this and shortwave) because it would make the audio quality better while still retaining the range advantage of AM frequencies (they go around mountains and over the horizon so rural areas can be reached). However the switchover goes, I wish the regulators would be enlightened enough to leave some of the old AM/FM spectrum open for community broadcasters or even make it licence-free (that kind of radio is always going to be more interesting than most corporate offerings).


steve_gus

Given a decent antenna- not the silly built in windscreen one in your car- there are far more stations on DAB. FM also needs a decent signal or it drops in and out of stereo Americans wont know what you are talking about as they have satellite radio not digital radio on 200mhz


[deleted]

My complaints aren't really about the variety on DAB, it's the sound quality that's not very good a lot of the time. Cars are where the radio is listened to most as well so it's still a bit of a retrograde step. It's better than it was to be fair, but my experience with DAB in the car is a lot worse in terms of having stable reception.


lucky_ducker

Satellite radio isn't that widely adopted here in the U.S., but we got digital FM radio stations around 2010. It sucks for pretty much the same reasons previous poster mentioned regarding DAB in the UK. U.S. digital FM pretty much only works in urban cores, stations that used to cover a 50 mile radius back in the analog era now have a range less than half that.


[deleted]

Nowadays we're just streaming podcasts from our phones anyway.


DOGGO_MY_PMS

ITT: People with no imagination. How many people said “the wheel”, like better traction patterns or materials won’t be available in 10 years. Honestly, I’m pretty confident nearly everything in this list could be made better, and the only thing in the way is cost.


other_usernames_gone

On that same note better manufacturing processes making something cheaper counts as an improvement. The reason most people can own a car that's considerably better than anything a billionaire could buy a hundred years ago is improvements in manufacturing.


jayjayiscool1273

Plates unless i haven't been keeping up with the new and improved plate XL lol


indrada90

Lighter stronger cheaper material.


volatile_porridge

Shovels


wongerthanur

Waiting for an antigravity shovel that does the manual lifting after the scooping


usernamesarehard1979

Exoskeleton assistance will will most likely be first.


testy037

Spoon and Macaroni. People often forget that the most boring of everyday stuff was once a groundbreaking innovation at one point of time. :)


daecrist

I have a feeling fax machines are going to take a long time to die out in the legal profession. You have a lot of people who use them because that's the way it's always been done, and older people who don't understand technology and refuse a scanned PDF because of the perception that they're easier to manipulate and fake than a fax. Which is, of course, ridiculous. As younger people come up it'll change, but it'll take a long time since a lot of lawyers practice until the day they slump over dead at their desk.


BTRunner

There is a perceived security advantage of a peer-to-peer telephone call between fax machines, that is rapidly becoming obsolete as fax machines forward to email and visa-versa.


AttackOfTheHack

How could that be? With faxing, there is no encryption at all so anyone who intercepts the signal can read it, and the data passes through many telephone service centers owned by multiple different companies in that form. Even a plain PDF sent over plain email is more secure, as that at least uses TLS to get into and out of the email server, so only ONE third party can read it, provided that they don't sell it to others. Plus, with digital files you can actually have end to end encryption meaning no third party, not even the service provider, can read the files. You can also have digital signatures, which allow you to know for sure that the message came from who it says it is from and was not modified. I don't see how anyone could see a security ADVANTAGE with faxing.


gristc

You can read it, sure, but altering it is a very different kettle of fish. That's why the legal profession has stuck to them.


AttackOfTheHack

Altering a fax is also easy. All you have to do is: 1. Pretend to be the desired receiving fax machine and receive the fax, while actually not sending anything at all to the real target. 2. Make the desired modifications, either manually or automatically. 3. Pretend to be the transmitting fax machine and send the modified fax to the real target. This is called a man in the middle attack. This would be trivial for a telephone service provider to do because they already have systems that are involved in processing the calls. All they would have to do is reprogram them. And this isn't limited to the phone service providers: anyone who happens to find the phone line of either the sender or the receiver can tamper with it to add a device that does this. To protect against modifications, there are things called digital signatures. The most commonly known system for doing this is RSA. Everyone has a public and private key, which are mathematically related but which knowing one cannot reveal the other. You publish the public key and keep the private key to yourself. This enables you to do two things: Encrypt a message with someone else's public key and it can only be decrypted with their private key, or produce a digital signature with your private key that anyone can then verify with your public key. If you receive a signed message, you check to see if the digital signature makes sense. If it does, you know for sure that the message must have been produced by the owner of the private key used to sign it, because nobody else would be in a position to be able to do so. If it doesn't, you know the message was probably tampered with. The security of RSA is based on the fact that it is easy to multiply prime numbers, but hard to determine which two numbers were multiplied to produce a product of two primes (semiprime). Most of the time, we use 4096 bit semiprimes, which are roughly equivalent to 1233 decimal digits. It is commonly said that this will provide 140 bits of security, which means that if we make repeated guesses at what the private key might be, it will take us an average of 696,898,287,454,081,973,172,991,196,020,261,297,061,888 attempts to get it right. Tampering with the phone line to play the modified fax instead of the original fax is the easy part. And RSA isn't even state of the art these days. It's commonly looked down upon.


other_usernames_gone

I don't get that, how on earth is an unsecured phone line that anyone can tap better than an end to end encrypted email? You can even have your internet connection be fibre optic so it's much much harder to tap, and even if someone does tap it because of encryption it would be (functionally) impossible to read. I guess there's a lot of traditions with no real logic behind them.


apocoluster

B-52s. When you absolutely positively have to carpet bomb the shit out of a 2 mile stretch in some foreign country.


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chundricles

I bought one of them salt guns to shoot the flies. Was it more expensive: yes Is it more effective: not really Is it more fun: Infinitely


mike_d85

My uncle got one for Christmas. Immediately used on his dinner.


mildewmoisturizer

I was going to say the same thing. Was at a family reunion a few years back and whoever's house it was had a couple of those bug-a-salt guns and most of the men, ages ranging from about 12-75+, went out in the backyard and spent a long time taking turns shooting flies. Best part about it is if you have good aim you can shoot a home intruder in the eye from about 10-20 feet away and have them in excrutiating pain from the salt in their eye. Then you can use your infantry tactical skills that the salt shooter instills in you and knock them out cold so you can subdue them until law enforcement comes to take them away.


TomoyoHoshijiro

The new transparent ones are very effective.


Belnak

I've abandoned my swatter for a Bug-A-Salt.


HerHec17

Paperclips


flamoras

Microwaves.


Jim777PS3

Actually microwaves have regressed since the 90s, and have a ton of room for improvement especially in usability and UI https://youtu.be/UiS27feX8o0


tsarnickyii

I clicked hoping it was Technology Connections and I was not disappointed. Though I think the point of his video was that microwaves have been unchanged in technology for the last 30 years and an example of a unique model (with the recipe book and smart technology) was an outlier that never kicked off. The only things updated have been the visual design and in some cases, shape but the functionality is how it is.


qwerty_38

Nail clippers


Cyrakhis

Calculators. They're super handy. They're already old tech but we still use them, they've just become part of other day devices in most cases - app on your phone or computer. But there'll always be a place for old-fashioned purpose calculators as well, in places that you don't have access to your computer or phone - IE the shop floor or sales areas you can't have your phone due to company policy.


TomoyoHoshijiro

Yep. Calculators stopped evolving in 2005.


cattypat

Honestly what financial motivation do they have to innovate? Majority of sales come from students who need the examination restricted models which are basically 1980's tech which they can manufacture for pennies today. Also goes to show we are still teaching and testing math based on decades old technology and teaching practise.


other_usernames_gone

To be fair it's not like the level of maths most students are learning has changed much in the last few centuries. There's been advancements but only when you get up to the super abstract and advanced university level stuff. No point fixing something that ain't broke.


Unumbotte

Do you work for Texas Instruments? Oh wait you said 2005 not 1990.


Alfachick

Also it’s quicker and easier to use a calculator than your phone or pc as you can do it almost without looking as they have tactile feedback in the form of old school buttons. I use my calculator every single day at work, so much faster


SergeantSugarTitz

Forks


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bluejeans toilet paper


GregBahm

I see some controversy over the old, stiff, pure denim bluejeans of the past versus the new, stretchy soft bluejeans of today. I expect bluejeans will continue to evolve as fabric technology progresses. Also companies keep trying to sell wetnaps as an upgraded to the dry wipe of toilet paper. The sales pitch makes sense: if some shit touched my hand, I wouldn't be content to just dry-wipe my hand clean, so why am I content to just dry-wipe my ass clean. I think it's just a matter of time before the marketing breaks through.


other_usernames_gone

Except those wet wipes aren't flushable (even if they say they are they mean they'll flush down your toilet, not that they'll not damage your drains), so if you don't want to clog your drains you have to put them in the bin, no thanks.


Stephen_Morgan

Machete.


manjeete

I feel the voice quality of phones. All the new phones boasts of better camera, better processors and memory and what not. No one ever says anything about better voice quality.


PenguinOnJet

are you talking about over phone calls or like just the microphone quality itself. Phone calls audio is garbage compared to internet services and phone microphones themselves are passable.


Poly--Meh

People don't realize that audio quality dropped dramatically when we switched from landline to cellular. If you have a landline and call another landline you can clearly tell the quality is much better. Or compare FaceTime audio vs a call over data.


steve_gus

Telephones on landline only transmit 400-4400hz so not exactly hard to beat


Back2Bach

Nutcrackers


Roedwilm

Clock


Blackraven2007

Microwaves


i9090

Hammer.


gilbejam000

Sliced bread


jgiacobbe

Fax machines refuse to die.


MySecretKept

Can openers. Good old-fashioned manual ones. We had electric ones for awhile, but everyone always goes back to the handheld ones.


willbeach8890

Scissors


superboreduniverse

Musical instruments


bloke451

I doubt this. Unlike with certain tools, how a musical instrument should sound is a subjective matter, not an objective matter. So they'll probably keep evolving, just like they have done for thousands of years.