7 Products, Concepts, and Ideas That Won't Exist by 2025

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I'm sort of ashamed to admit that a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies was the inspiration for this article. As a sidebar to the actual August 10 game itself, the broadcasters noted that someone had built a replica DeLorean hovercraft and was riding it around McCovey Cove in San Francisco, Calif.

This got me thinking (yes, a replica hovercraft DeLorean inspired me; laugh all you want), what if we could travel into the past, or better yet, into the future to see what products, concepts, and ideas survived and which ones drifted away. Back to the Future II wasn't exactly the best predictor of what the future would be like. According to the movie, in three years we're supposed to have flying cars and a Pepsi is expected to cost close to $50. Neither of those predictions looks even remotely feasible, although I will give the movie credit for correctly predicting a baseball team in Miami.

So today, I'm going to give you my best Doc Brown and highlight seven products, concepts, and ideas that won't exist by the year 2025. I could well be wrong, but these seven things are a long way from hitting 88 MPH and sending themselves back to better times.




Sean Williams has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Best Buy. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Dolby Laboratories, Monster Beverage, and NXP Semiconductors.


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HELLO JAMES

I wont exist in 2025!

August 23 2012 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GOD

In GOD We Trust

August 23 2012 at 1:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GOD

GOD Save Us All

August 23 2012 at 1:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GOD

Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil

August 23 2012 at 1:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lucky13thday

...you know a proffesional photographer wouldn't be caught dead shooting a photo on a camera phone for publication, so there goes your digital camera theory. Really, why did I even bother to read beyond that point? This whole thing is ridiculous.

August 22 2012 at 3:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rugulah

Psssst! A secret for you – the Post Office is mandated by the Constitution of the United States. It would take a constitutional amendment to close it down.

August 21 2012 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sekinu2

Most seem to be right but not the credit card to NFC which is highly unsecure. You would have to be stupid to use a phone with that technology as it it takes seconds to get the info from the phone without even having to touch the phone. It is a technology only the uneducated would even consider.

August 21 2012 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mamoseley3

If Obama stays in office, you can bet that the US will not remain a super power nation. That is his lot in life -- to bring the US down in every way. Get him out of there before it's too late.

August 21 2012 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
geviandargan

I'm with the Fool on 3D Televisions. I'm still trying to figure out who was demanding 3D technology?! But when it comes to the Post Office, it's not about blaming e-mail or smartphones. It's about a business that, unlike any other business I know of, is being forced to pre-fund its pension program while at the same time is restriced from offering goods and services whose revenues could offset that burdensome expense. The USPS may not exist by 2025 but it won't be because of e-mail or smartphones, it will be because of the U.S Congress.

August 21 2012 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gr8bsn

Megapixel count means nothing if your optics are garbage. Phone cameras use garbage optics.

August 21 2012 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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pm349

You got that right.

August 21 2012 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply