Each day we grow older. Each day we are expected to live a little longer.
In the next decade, people will think I can’t believe you did that, the old way. You actually drove your own car? Yet a Model T didn’t have seat-belts, airbags, video cameras, or warning sensors. The chance of children being born in a decade getting in a car accident may be zero. Considering advances in healthcare: sadly millions have passed away from ailments that are easily treatable today. Born to early, when things were the old way. Contact lenses that remove blue light for all, mineral rich tap water with lithium, and lab grown meat may be the norm. Those who don’t intermittent fast may be likened to cigarette smokers.
What else will seem like a horse and buggy in a Tesla driven world? Food shopping is still an antiquated sport. Previously customers received a coupon in the mail, clipped the coupon, went to the store, handed the coupon to the clerk, then the clerk would verify it, and then you’d save a dollar. At least today coupons are instantly applied at checkout on a smart phone (often tailored to your spending habits) and that dollar is no where physically seen. Soon our pantries, fridge, and freezer may apply Amazon’s “dash button” and automatically deliver the items which are running low. This will save countless hours (actually 108 days*) wasted shopping for food. How about cooking? Maybe a chef robot can prepare a meal? Albeit, processed food may be created already this way but what if recipes are chosen from say Alice Water’s cookbook, sent to an Amazon/Whole Foods account and the ingredients are delivered by a drone. A personal robot chef follows the instructions to the T and poof, I have a Michelin star meal at home. Farm to robot to table, democratizing fine dining and quality food. Or better yet, Willy Wonka’s “three course dinner chewing gum” may become a reality. No use in doing things the old way as long as they get the blueberry pie right in the new way.
Will doing things the old way have any value? You may not run into your neighbor at the grocery store but maybe you’ll have more time to spend with them in the community room. That special feeling of cooking a family heirloom dish that you know by heart may disappear but you’ll have ample time to play Jenga (if you can keep your kids dopamine levels elevated). I do know I’m excited that the chances of my daughter getting into a car accident will be far less by the time she gets her license (if she even needs one) and that maybe I’ll be able to meet my great great grandchildren (an instance that is extraordinarily rare today and may create a newfound bond).
Sometimes the old way may be better and sometimes the new way may be better. Remember it’s up to you and not Alexa to decide.
*If by age twenty you started food shopping an hour a week until you were seventy you may have wasted 108 days shopping for food…50 years * 52 hours a a year divided by 24 hours in a day