10 Technologies That Won't Die

Some products of technology have a good run -- they've got "legs," so to speak. Others that seemed cutting edge at the time, however, have had a surprisingly short shelf life. Take, for example, those vintage vibrating exercise belts that were supposed to make fat shake right off your body. Or the wobbly, one-wheeled motorcycle invented in 1931 by Italian M. Goventosa de Udine. Here we present 10 uses of technology that seem destined to have a long life ahead of them, providing plenty of opportunity for businesses that support or rely on these technologies.


Though wind farming isn't widespread, the technology has an energetic future ahead of it. In short, a wind farm is a series of closely located wind turbines that generate electricity for the surrounding area. Because they require only renewable energy -- the wind -- and have a relatively small effect on the environment, expect wind-harnessing technology to thrive well into the future.



While the future may not include gas-guzzling airplanes akin to the jets we use today, you can bet that air travel will always exist. Airplanes and helicopters allow humans to travel quickly, efficiently and relatively inexpensively, a modern luxury that people won't soon give up.



The Internet's origin can be traced back to a 1969 Defense Department project, according to a Lincoln University article. It was finessed in the '80s, and in the '90s was made widely available to the public. Though an infant invention on the Earth's grand timeline, the Internet is undoubtedly a game changer that has a long life ahead of it.



Humans have long recorded events visually -- from primitive scribbles on rock to beautiful paintings. Eventually, the invention of still-picture cameras and later moving images documented and relayed historic events and personal memories. From film to digital technology, cameras will certainly evolve as time marches on, but odds are good that they will exist for as long as humans live.



Though a vast portion of the Earth is covered in the water -- 96 percent, according to the U.S. Geographical Survey -- only a tiny amount is drinkable. Since 1500 B.C., humans have used various water filtering and purification systems to ensure water is neither salty nor contaminated. The challenges of a growing global population and limited fresh water supply ensures a perpetual need for water treatment.



Like most inventions, instant communication devices have rapidly changed over the years. Comparably unsophisticated inventions such as Morse Code have led to advanced technologies that allow us to talk -- sometimes face to face -- with another person across the city or across the world. Some form of phone technology that allows talking across a distance is likely to always exist.



The forerunner to today's modern microscope was invented around the 1600s by Netherland residents Hans and Zacharias Jansen, according to EDInformatics. This 400-year-old technology paved the way for future inventions and discoveries through magnification that have greatly changed the world. Studying things smaller than the naked human eye can see is a necessity in many fields -- including biology and chemistry -- making this invention a keeper.



Before the refrigerator, people preserved food with large blocks of ice collected during winter and ate a lot of salted meat and canned foods. Thanks to the innovation of refrigeration, humans now enjoy everything from chilled dairy to crisp vegetables to fresh meats year-round. Refrigeration isn't absolutely necessary to human survival, but it's a convenience that few would be willing to give up. As long as we have electricity to generate chilled air, our food supply chain will rely on it.



Like the microscope, the telescope allows humankind to discover things formerly impossible to see with the naked eye. According to a Rice University article, the telescope was invented by German eyeglass maker Hans Lipperhey in the early 1600s and shortly thereafter adapted by Galileo Galilei for astronomy purposes. The telescope was instrumental, and perhaps partially responsible, for the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century and remains an indispensable tool today.



Before the sewing machine was invented in 1830 by French tailor Barthelemy Thimmonnier, people sewed everything by hand. The subsequent invention of the factory-sized sewing machine allowed clothing companies to produce large quantities of products at ultra-affordable prices. Nixing the sewing machine and reverting back to hand-sewn garments isn't likely, so expect this technology to live forever in some form.


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