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Born in 2017
We take a look at the top memories that may not mean anything to those born in 2017:
1. “When I was your age I had to learn to drive”
Driving is a skill possessed and enjoyed by many (or loathed, when it involves Monday morning traffic). Yet the use of this skill will decline, with babies born in 2017 unlikely to have a driving license at all because of the growth of driverless cars. This technology will be speedily available in Europe, with Volkswagen’s head of Digitalization Strategy Johann Jungwirth expecting the first self-driving cars to appear on the market as soon as 2019.
2.“When I was your age, I had to make awkward chit-chat with the pizza delivery driver”
The process of getting something delivered can sometimes be awkward, waiting at the door in pyjamas while the delivery driver gets food out, making small talk and then not knowing whether to tip or not. Those born in 2017 won’t have to worry about this. Amazon and Google are among companies looking to make deliveries by drone, and aviation authorities in the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand have been relaxing rules for this purpose. This service may actually be widely available soon, with Amazon currently developing technology for air drone delivery in Austria. This technology seems to be advancing rapidly as the company has already made their first drone delivery in Cambridge, UK in 2016 and will be making many more similar deliveries in 2017.
3.“When I was your age we had to use actual money to buy things”
Physical cash is still being used to buy the many necessities and odd luxuries in life. Cash can have its annoyances – be it heavy coins jingling in pockets, or paper money left in a jean pocket before going in the washing machine. But babies of 2017 may never understand this annoyance as they are unlikely to ever use physical money in the future. Everyday transactions are increasingly undertaken using credit and debit cards as well as mobile payments. However, card usage may also become a thing of the past due to the rise of the biometrics and other technologies. MasterCard is currently intending to introduce facial biometrics for payment authentication; the technology is being dubbed ‘selfie pay’. This will enable app users to confirm an online payment by showing their face to their smartphone’s camera. As the use of cash declines unfortunately it seems the use of selfies will not…