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The one technological advancement of the last 50 years ....

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Phoenixchild, May 7, 2011.

  1. Phoenixchild

    Phoenixchild Occasional commenter

    That you would like to uninvent....
    A discussion with my parents saw mom going for mobile phones, my dad for social networking, I couldn't think of anything.
    So, what would you bin if you could?xx
  2. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Hello *h*. Not seen you for aaaages!
  3. Online marking of exam papers

    I think everything else is good ... though having a man walk in front of social networking with a red flag
    might help [​IMG]
  4. *h*

    *h* New commenter

    Lil! :)
    I know! How are you?
  5. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Fine... I'll PM you to avoid hijacking this thread too much!
  6. Bethannie

    Bethannie New commenter

    I would dearly love to see the removal of the computer program LiMA ....used by ATOS Healthcare in their 'medicals'....a non-specialist can use this to override, in less than 30 minutes, the medical opinion of my GP and my specialist. (ATOS and LiMA are a bit of a hobby-horse with me....)
    Then, I'd also like to get rid of those ridiculous car stereos that deafen the whole street. Why is it necessary to have your music so loud and inflict it on an unwilling public?
    And, even though I no longer work, part of me would like to ban pocket calculators! or at least have an age-restriction on them! What is wrong with youngsters actually learning to 'do' the basic math? And I especially hate the calculators on mobile phones - because they keep giving the wrong answer and I used to get really p*ssed off by the chants of "but Miss, my phone gave this answer...it must be right!"

  7. This thread has just been tweeted
  8. Hairstraightners and mobile phones. Yes, as a parent/teacher my daughter's school can have my number, but between the hours of 9am to 3.20pm you won't get hold of me. Also, hairstraighteners have made it unacceptable for me to teach looking like a red-headed Barbarella. In my last job I made the mistake of not blow-drying or straightening my lovely hair one day (was summer, and I fancied a change) and got told I was looking 'unprofessional'. Since when was wavy hair 'unprofessional'??!
  9. The compact digital camera. I am sick fed up of people showing me pictures of 'last night'. They could be anywhere with that horrendous self-shot portrait. Flash on, dark background except for some of the lights in the club, pouting (because that's what people do when they're drunk). TAKE BETTER PICTURES!!

    And breathe...
  10. For want of not sounding corny, I would like to bin anything that is weapons based that has no peaceful outcome. Realistically it's a bit late for that and I would have to bin things for quite a while beyond 50 years back.
    As an ICT teacher and a 28-year old ex-pat in the US, I'm not sure that any of the more recent technological inventions should be binned. Everything that makes the world a smaller place brings with it better chances of peace and, on a more personal level, makes it easier for me to converse with family and friends 5000 miles away.
    I might fine tune a few things though. First would be to limit MP3 players (ipods etc) so that I don't have to listen to other people's music on the train, and second to improve mobile phones so that people don't feel that they have to shout to be heard (though with the introduction of 4G that should become possible, as it is here in the US.
    All invention happens for a reason, and I can't think of any that didn't happen for the ight reasons, even if they were used for the wrong reasons.
  11. Phoenixchild

    Phoenixchild Occasional commenter

    RF I use FB but have no clue about twitter and don't really want to lol.
    Interesting comments, thanks.xx
  12. I just thought it ironic that TES had chosen this thread to Tweet about
  13. I agre with the irony of this being tweeted....
    As far as social networking, mobile technology 4x4 vehicles on the road, powerpoint etc etc.....
    What a bunch of miserable, over opinionated dinosaurs......and I thought the old guys in the motortrade were crabbit, boring and only interested in 'the old ways'.
    How about uninventing the ability to air negative comments on the internet regarding things that we have failed to grasp and utilise in a positve manner HAAHAHA
    ****queue the middle aged keyboard warriors waving computer peripherals around their heads in rage****
    I think this assist my public thoughts....... CLICK HERE no-doubt we should do away with hyperlinks too hehe
  14. I'm astonished that nobody has voted for Interactive whiteboards yet!
  15. Definitely un-invent/ban F'book for under 18s. It's the cause of so many problems amongst teenagers.
  16. It is banned for under 13s as it is and it would seem to me (as an ICT profesional) that the only thing this does is to encourage kids, a lot of the time with parental blessing, to lie in order to get on.
    If you raised the age to 18, all that would mean is that more kids would lie to get on.
    As a techie, I generally embrace new technology, although I would un-invent the idea that smaller is somehow better, what is the point of having the latest phone if you can not see it.
    Also un-discover the fact that so many Facebook users (usually female) post so many night out photos in scruffy/dirty toilets, because they have a big mirror.
    And breathe
  17. The best response, hands down.
    Regarding all other responses, I'd be intrigued to find out how many are from physics teachers... ;)
    It's almost impossible to find a piece of current technology that doesn't have a benefit that outweighs it 'annoyance factor', else it is either being replaced by a better solution or is already defunct.
    Having said that, I think electronic-books (like the Kindle) should belong in the Devil's parlour. A paper book is a wonderful thing; it can be passed on, lost and found, annotated, gifted. The Kindle is the antithesis of all that.
    Having said that, if it eventually benefits society by reducing deforestation and emissions over paper and leads to research in electronic 'paper', then I can tolerate it. Until then, it's destined for my dustbin.

  18. Bethannie

    Bethannie New commenter

    The Kindle is a wonderful invention! ....It allows me access to books that are out of print...it gives me free newspapers....many e-books are free, so you can 'gift' them to anyone with a Kindle.....and e-books can be annotated.

  19. ian60

    ian60 New commenter

    Did you mean 'cue'?
    Maybe we shouldn't do away with spell checks and grammar checks.
    (waves wireless mouse around head)
  20. CaptainTuttle

    CaptainTuttle New commenter

    Not just the people you know! Unless you know the same people I do :) I regularly manage to lose my phone for several days at a time- I put it down and it hides I swear!- and people are astonished that I'm not having a panic attack because I don't know where it is!

    Don't think I want to uninvent them though, but it would be nice to see people talk to each other rather than spend all dinnertime attached to their mobile texting people in the same room or posting messages on facebook.

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