- Education and Science
10 Things Humans Will Always Need
I was thinking the other day about the future, say one hundred years from now. What items will humans still be using? Are there items, i.e. basic technology, that humans will always need?
Now, this is MY LIST and I do not know enough to say it is "THE LIST" but we have to start somewhere, don't we? Staying with basic technology items which SHOULD be available no matter what state humanity finds itself in one hundred years, I included items humans will ALWAYS need, no matter what has transpired, environmental disaster(s), overpopulation, human-computer melding (cyborgs), zombie apocalypse or a dystopian ultra-bureacracy. I tend to think it will be ALL OF THE ABOVE!
#10) The Toaster
It was hard to decide on the #10 item but I finally picked our friend, the toaster. We have been baking bread and slicing the loaves up for thousands of years and likely the greatest thing since sliced bread was the toaster. Today we can purchase reliable toasters that last for years. We can not only toast our bread but bagels, muffins and pastries go in cold and come out hot and ready to enjoy.
I think that humans will always have sliced baked goods and will need toasters to make ourselves a quick meal. Obviously, having toasters one hundred years from now is based on there being electricity to power them, unless someone develops a self powered toaster! Perhaps in the distant future, humans will develop the ability to toast bread with our minds. That would be handy.
#9) CHEAP T-Shirts!
The Best Way to Say What You REALLY Think!
In the future, T-Shirts with catchy, humorous sayings will be all the rage! Why not start hoarding a variety right now? Then you will always have just the right T-Shirt to annoy people at any post-apocalyptic occasion!
Plus you will have spare cotton cloth to filter your drinking water!
#8) Tape and Glue
Ahhh, nothing like a roll of strong tape and a variety of adhesives to solve a problem. Our modern world just cannot function without these items so I can't imagine the future being any different. And in a post-apocalyptic world tape and glue will be more valuable than gold!
Have you used tape or glue today? I bet you have!
#7) The Flashlight
Unless you are a fan of stubbed toes, cobwebs or touching unknown slimy goo, you have a flashlight. People that work at night or who go into creepy places have them, why not you? Aren't you as smart as the average police officer, truck driver, ghost hunter or plumber?
How about one hundred years from now, don't you think that flashlights will be around? Besides, those mutant cyborgs have excellent night vision!
#6) Pen (pencil) & Paper
Call it a notebook, a diary or a journal, you can't beat a bound book of blank sheets of paper and a pen or pencil for keeping track of your life.
Humans are by design organizers. We think of the world around us in categories and our languages reflect this. Most famous inventors, authors, artists and leaders kept track of their ideas in notebooks and I don't see that changing.
You can even use pen and paper to write a personal note to another human being! (Gasp!)
#5) The Hammer (and other tools)
Number five is your basic hammer. There will always be a need to give an uncooperative machine, apparatus or contraption a good whack. Reasons for this include (but are not limited to), the device wanting to work but being stuck, something needs to come off and won't, Something has to go in but won't, it was put together wrong and needs to be disassembled and/or the "operator" needs to vent his/her anger at the device for not working.
Other than the hammer there are many other basic tools that will always come in handy. Tools like pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers, crowbars and such work together very well to keep things working properly. Although fasteners and the tools associated with them will evolve, I firmly believe hammers will always be around.
Tols can also be STYLISH!
Fashionable Tools for Every Post-Apocalyptic Situation!
#4) Bicycles (self powered transportation)
The forerunner of the bicycle we know was the Dandy Horse of 1817 invented by Baron Karl von Drais (German)( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_bicycle ).There were no pedals, the rider pushed the ground with his/her feet to move along. However, it looked like a bicycle and was steerable. I bet the Baron kept his shoemaker busy though!
For my list I think the folding bicycle would be something common one hundred years from today. We may need to ride and then carry the bike on public transportation to get to our destination. As well, the average "house" might be less than 300 sq ft so we will need the folding bicycle for storage.
#3) Fire Starter
Now, even if civilization hangs together for the next one hundred years (Ha!) and you can evade the pollution police and have a clandestine BBQ you will still need something to start your fire. And if things go the other way you'll be living in the woods or some cave trying to cook a mutated rabbit for dinner. There has been and always will be a basic human need for fire.
#2) Hats (utilitarian & fashion)
Who knows what clothing humans will be wearing in the year 2112, but my guess is that hats will be the rage. By 2112 human societies (actually governments) will have mandated equality for everyone and that will include clothing. The one thing that people will wear for individuality will be a proper hat (well, perhaps sensible shoes too).
Now if life goes south we will each need an Aluminum Foil Deflection Beanie for protection from the intense sunshine and cosmic radiation. Another benefit will be the blocking of mutant zombie mind probes! I'm ready!
#1) A GOOD Knife
Knives in particular. Perhaps a pocket folder or multifunction model. Maybe a full tang with sheath. I'm used to something LARGER!
I'd want just what I have now. A simple, short bladed machete. I grew up in the tropics using a machete for controlling yard growth, opening coconuts and dispatching poisonous snakes!
We'll need a variety of knives to go with our forks and spoons. Cutlery will definitely be the mark of the return of civilization!
This is what I carry. Not to work mind you.
BUT WAIT! ONE MORE THING BEFORE YOU GO . . .
Overall, the best tool for survival in any situation is (drum roll please)
That's right! So, educate and enlighten yourself regularly by exposing your mind to survival strategies and scenarios! Learning proven techniques to help you survive in any circumstance inspires confidence and removes fear (your biggest enemy). Invest in materials that you can easily store and/or carry so you do not leave your life up to how reliable your memory happens to be!